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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite the increased feeling of security in favela communities with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) the latest data by the Public Security Institute (ISP) shows that violent deaths increased by 55.3 percent in those areas in the first semester of 2015 when compared to the same period last year.

New ISP data reported there were 73 violent deaths registered during the first six months of 2015. According to the institute the ‘increase of homicides occurred in great part due to the conflict between gang factions in some communities’ which . . .

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