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Favela Pacification Spreads to Tijuca

By Mira Olson, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Seven favelas in Tijuca were invaded and occupied by police forces last Wednesday, April 28th, in preparation for the establishment of the city’s first Police Pacification Unit (UPP) in this part of Rio’s North Zone. The occupation is part of the city’s continued efforts to create permanent police presence in poor communities in order to reduce drug trafficking.

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