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By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 combined residents, the neighboring morros (hills) of Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho offer picturesque views of Copacabana Beach and an ideal location between several of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular tourist destinations. Pacified in December 2009, the favela communities were early models of Rio’s Police Pacifying Unit (UPP) program between 2010-2013.

Yet a turbulent 2014 marked with gunfire, violence and multiple murders has highlighted growing discontent with Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?