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Brazilian Security Forces Enter Rio Slum District In Armoured Vehicles In Effort To Neutralise Gangs

The operation is part of plans to try and make the city more secure before the World Cup.

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More than 130,000 people are believed to live in the Complexo do Mare, which consists of 15 slums and has been ruled by drug trafficking gangs for years.

The plan is to set up permanent posts in Mare as part of a “pacification” programme, which started in 2008 and officials hope will make Rio more secure before the World Cup this year and the Olympics in 2016.

There have also been complaints the authorities are not following up the police posts in the slums with social programmes to help improve the lives of the residents.

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