Police address slums

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Over 3,000 police and soldiers moved into one of Rio's largest slums on Sunday 12 November, the latest effort to assert control over lawless areas of the city ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Elite police squads patrolled the alleys of the Rocinha slum and snipers perched on rooftops as tanks rolled through the narrow streets and helicopters flew overhead. The occupation of the sprawling slum, or favela, ended peacefully. By early afternoon, the police, accompanied by contingents from the Brazilian army and navy, had not fired a shot. Officials said that feat was made possible by months of intelligence gathering and the arrest last week of Antonio Bonfim Lopes, the drug lord of Nem, who was said to have effectively ruled Rocinha. The slum sits between the city and areas where many Olympic events will be held.

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