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The Occupation of Rocinha and Vidigal

By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In what is being painted as a historic victory for peace in Rio de Janeiro, in the early hours of Sunday morning, police and military security forces moved into some of the last remaining gang-controlled favelas in the city’s Zona Sul (South Zone). Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela famous for its awe-inspiring scale and geography as well as the heavily-armed traficantes, is now occupied.

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