Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Asks for Help to Fight Crime

Crime in Rio

Crime in Rio

Brazil will send federal troops to Rio de Janeiro to help quell a surge in violent crime after attacks by drug traffickers on police posts in three slums on the north side of the city, government officials said Friday. Less than three months before Rio welcomes tens of thousands of foreign soccer fans for the World Cup, the attacks cast new doubts on government efforts to expel gangs from slums using a strong police presence. The city will also host the Olympics in 2016. On Friday, the governor of Rio de Janeiro State, Sérgio Cabral, asked President Dilma Rousseff for federal troops to help stop the attacks on police units overseeing slums across Rio de Janeiro. Shooting erupted on Thursday between drug traffickers and the police near the Manguinhos complex of shantytowns. Three police officers were wounded, the local news media reported, and the attackers set fire to a police post and knocked down power lines.

Taken from Reuters – March 21, 2014

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