Rio de Janeiro Police invade Rochina, the largest favela (ghetto) in the city

http://news.yahoo.com/brazil-police-invade-rios-biggest-slum-062151697.html

After arresting Nem, the drug kingpin/guardian of Rochina, the largest favela in Rio de Janiero, the police conducted a full-scale invasion of the area on Sunday morning. Favelas have existed since the emancipation of slaves in 1888 as sites where the poor live in a quasi-legal status as squatters.  It seems that the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games may be the impetus driving officials to assert authority over these areas for the first time.  One does have to wonder what will become of the desperate poor who have never enjoyed real equality.

More to come later…

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