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Crime Rules Over 1,400 Favela Communities in Rio de Janeiro State

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over 500,000 students study in areas ruled by organized crime in Rio de Janeiro. Traffickers and militiamen are also in control of 14 percent of healthcare posts and 13.6 percent of the state's electoral zones. Data on the influence of criminal factions is contained in a document created by the Witzel government, submitted to the courts in an attempt to advocate police operations in favelas.

In June, Federal Supreme Court (STF) Justice Edson Fachin suspended police operations in Rio's communities during the coronavirus pandemic - except in "absolutely exceptional cases". For such cases . . .

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