Rio police pacification operation over the Maré favela complex. Photo: AP
Federal troops will begin to occupy the complex of 15 favela communities that make up the Complexo da Maré in the north of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, the chief of the city’s Military Command Center of Operations confirmed in a press conference on Thursday.
The ten-square-kilometre swathe of favelas is nestled near the city’s Galeão International Airport alongside a number of major thoroughfares, including fast transit systems to the centre, where the Maracanã World Cup stadium is located, and to Barra da Tijuca, the city’s main Olympic site.
The Maré area is also thought to be home to around 130,000 inhabitants.
The deployment, designated Operation Saint Francis, will see some 2,700 members of the armed forces begin to take over from military police from midnight on Saturday 6 April until at least 31 July, after the conclusion of…
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