Police have made it clear that they have successfully completed a strong operation to clear Rio de Janeiro’s biggest slum of its criminal grip. With police, helicopters and tanks are flooding into a Brazilian slum in an effort to wipe out the local drugs gangs, these gangs have a very strong hold on the slums and this had led it being one of the most dangerous areas in the country.
Special forces police and navy commandos descended on the slum in their hundreds to create a shock across the whole area, they were backed by armoured military vehicles and helicopters in the raid which happened before sunrise.
The raid was very controlled with the chief of military police making it clear that there were no problems and no shots were fired during the mission, which had been to rid the shantytowns of powerful drug gangs.
The country are working overtime to gain control over the criminal underworld which has Brazil in its grip ahead of the biggest spectacles in the sporting world, the first will be the 2014 Football World Cup and the second will be two years later with the 2016 Olympics.
It has been a long-time since any major sporting event occurred in the country and it provides the South American nation to develop and solve many issues that would have been left ignored if it not for the world’s population and media were not watching over the country.
Starting in 2008 the forces have occupied almost 20 slums, to force dealers out who have controlled the areas for a while. These gangs are not afraid to use guns to protect themselves and it is usually the case that there is an unofficial curfew for residents of the slum once the night draws in.
Residents of the slums had supported the move hoping that it would create a safer environment for them to live in, better living conditions and getting rid of cancer that is the criminals. People living in the area had watched the raid through their windows as the troops silently moved through the streets in the calm of night.
Pacification has generally been welcomed within the favelas, where a drop in crime has been seen, officers have also moved in to provide residents with healthcare and electricity. Some complaints have been received however, about the excessive violence used by officers by abusing their authority.