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Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão has announced that the final bases for the city's new Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) will be constructed under an urgency regime, not needing environmental licenses and land titles. The decision comes after conflicts between the police and drug trafficking gangs, often involving civilians in the cross fire, have increased.

Many UPPs were hastily set up in containers as police presence was urgent in the communities. The containers offer little security for the policemen and many of them are in a precarious state . . .

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