Brazil de­ploys troops to slums

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

SAO PAULO, Brazil — More than 3,500 Brazil­ian sol­diers are oc­cu­py­ing a series of slum com­mu­ni­ties in north­ern Rio de Janeiro as part of ef­forts to com­bat an in­crease in vi­o­lence.

The troops moved into the Com­plexo do Lins com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bor­ing Ca­marista Meier in the early hours of Satur­day. De­fense Min­is­ter Raul Jung­mann told Globo TV that the troops would stay there as long as ne­c­es­sary.

Last month 8,500 sol­diers were de­ployed in Rio to fight or­ga­nized crime gangs, which con­trol many of the city’s slums.

Brazil­ian tele­vi­sion showed sol­diers armed with au­to­matic ri­fles sit­ting atop tanks as they pa­trolled the com­mu­ni­ties.

Mount­ing vi­o­lence in Rio has led au­thor­i­ties to ac­knowl­edge in re­cent weeks that much of the city is out of their con­trol.

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