RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of police and soldiers backed by helicopters occupied Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum on Sunday, the biggest step yet in the Brazilian city’s bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs.
The occupation of Rocinha, a notorious hillside “favela” that overlooks some of Rio’s swankiest areas, is viewed by officials as a crucial part of the city’s preparations to host soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics two years later.
Home after 7 hours #Rocinha. Ended up in drug chief’s house with rooftop pool, enormous fish tank and a jacuzzi. Money can’t buy taste.
#Rocinha this is a made for media event. Fight very unlikely. Some even speculate it being done on Sunday to avoid clash with telenovelas.
#Rocinha luiz eduardo suarez”Patética a cobertura da operação. É óbvio que não haverá confronto.O medo da classe média virou moeda politica”
#Rocinha waiting for the big invasion. Journalists have started interviewing other journalists – always a good sign.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Police captured Rio de Janeiro’s most-wanted drug trafficker on Thursday as they prepared to occupy the Brazilian city’s largest slum, a vital step in preparations to host the Olympic Games in 2016.
Antonio Bonfim Lopes, the alleged drug lord of the teeming Rocinha slum, was captured in bizarre circumstances when police found him in the trunk of a luxury car of a man who claimed to be a senior diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Brazil’s labor minister
came under pressure to quit on Monday after media allegations
of corruption put him at risk of becoming the seventh member of
President Dilma Rousseff’s Cabinet to fall this year.
Carlos Lupi became the latest minister in the firing line
on Saturday when weekly magazine Veja, citing unidentified
lawmakers and officials, reported that advisers to the minister
had demanded kickbacks on government contracts with