Rio de Janeiro state police operation to regain control of favelas

Some 1.200 police officers were deployed to Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarezinho favela and its surroundings early Wednesday, marking the start of a state effort seeking to “reclaim territory,” authorities said. It remains unclear how the program will differ from a prior initiative along similar lines.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The operation, which began at dawn, is part of a permanent effort to increase police presence and improve services in at least two favelas, Jacarezinho and Muzema, according to Rio state governor Claúdio Castro. More details will be released on January 22, Castro said on his social media.

“We have started a great process of transformation for the communities in the state of Rio. We spent months developing a program that changes the lives of the population, bringing dignity and opportunity,” Castro said. “The operations today are just the start of that change that goes . . .

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