Operations Continue Against Rio’s Militias

By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - As militias continue to control several favelas in Zona Oeste of Rio, the Secretary of Public Security Jose Mariano Beltrame last week put into action the second phase of Operacao Temis, designed to hit the sources of money that help the gangs exert control over their communities.

Despite having been prevalent for several years, it wasn’t until 2006 that a concerted ‘invasion’ of favelas by militia groups – largely made up of serving and former policemen, firemen and prison guards – took control of around 100 communities across the city. By ousting the . . .

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