FIFA World Cup: Brazil sends in armed forces to assist in policing poor area

A soldier patrolled Complexo da Maré in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday in an effort to improve security and drive out drug gangs.

updated: April 07, 2014 15:54 IST
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: About 2,700 members of Brazil's security forces on Saturday occupied a slum complex that sits along two highways connecting Rio's international airport to its main tourist zone.

The dawn operation met little resistance and is a part of the city's five-year-old "pacification" policing program, which has established permanent police units in select slums, or favelas, ahead of this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which Brazil is hosting.

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