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Police seize Rio slums from drug gangs ahead of Pope's visit

Written By Joseph Y. Musa on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 | 5/01/2013 10:08:00 am

POLICE have seized three Rio shantytowns from drug traffickers and hoisted the Brazilian and state
flags atop one of them as part of a drive to reassert authority three months before Pope Francis visits.
Some 400 police officers backed by armour punched their way into Cerro-Cora, located just under the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city, as well as in the smaller, neighbouring favelas of Guararapes and Vila Candida.
Colonel Frederico Caldas told reporters on Monday that 190 members of a specially trained Police Pacification Unit would be deployed in Cerro-Cora a month from now.
He said the Pope's visit for World Youth Day, a major Catholic youth festival, in July "has led to an influx of tourists and this is why we are occupying the favela", he said.
"Intelligence agencies indicated that drug traffickers were seeking refuge here. Now they have lost their turf," the G1 news website quoted Caldas as saying.
Pope Francis's charisma and the fact that he is Argentinian are expected to lead to a big surge in the number of youths who will attend World Youth Day from July 23-28, according to organisers who now expect 2.5 million instead of two million participants.
It will be the second time the event is held in Latin America. Buenos Aires hosted it 26 years ago.
Personnel of the Canine Operations Unit (BAC) carry out an operation at Guararapes shantytown on April 29, 2013 before the specially-trained police force known as Police Pacification Units or UPP, can be deployed. Picture: Christophe Simom
The special police unit in Cerro-Cora will be the 32nd deployed in one of the city's 750 slums since 2008 as part of a crime-fighting drive ahead of next year's soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
Authorities hope these units boasting a total of 12,500 officers will be operating in 40 shantytowns by 2014.

An operation jointly held by the BOPE, the Shock Battalion and the Canine Operations Unit (BAC), is part of a government strategy designed to  reassert full control of Rio de Janeiro. Picture: Christophe Simom

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