Sunday, November 13, 2011

Brazilian Police Occupy Rio's Biggest Slum

Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters marched into Rio's largest slum before dawn Sunday, the most ambitious operation yet to bring security to a seaside city long known for its violence, reports AP.

The action in Rocinha is part of a campaign to drive heavily armed drug gangs out of the city's slums, and stabilize Rio's security before it hosts the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The head of Rio's civil police, Marta Rocha, made a special appeal to the "mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts," to collaborate.

"Women of Rocinha, give us this information, bring us the news that will allow us to sweep through this territory that belong to the people of Rocinha," she said. "The day is starting. There is no going back. I am sure the population will help."


  1. I'm sure they will because as we all know people who have been dumped in government provided housing and deal with welfare bureaucracies, will willingly see husbands, fathers, sons, nephews, uncles, boyfriends, etc, etc sent off to, umm, another form of government housing.

  2. Don't be fooled by that, it is just a freak spectacle that the government is putting on to deceive fools.

    What they are doing is: They make deals with the drug dealers, these deals are basically like that: we pretend you are not selling drugs and you behave less violently. In the end you get more profits and we can claim that we expelled you people from the favelas, making them safer.

    The police have already "occupied" another 8 favelas, but the amount of drugs being consumed in the city remains the same. So the idea that the police is winning the battle against the drug dealers is false.

    I mean, as long as people is consuming drugs voluntarily I couldn't care less about it, a man owns his own body, but the idea that the police is "beating" the drug lords is false and government propaganda.