Brazilian Military and Police Occupy Rio de Janeiro Slum

first_imgBy Dialogo March 05, 2013 On March 3, Brazilian Police moved to occupy slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The operation involved hundreds of police backed by mechanized units of the Military, which entered Caju and Barreira do Vasco favelas to begin establishing control of their narrow streets. There were no immediate reports of resistance from residents of the township. Officials said earlier that more than 1,000 police and 200 Brazilian Navy commandos in armored vehicles had been planned to take part in the operation. According to Police, their next target would be violence-plagued Mare, an area near the airport largely controlled by drug gangs and militia units. The area, home to 75,000 people, is ringed by freeways, including one that provides access to Galeao International Airport. Rio’s feared Military Police battalion BOPE was set to occupy the zone until a specially-trained police force known as UPP can be deployed. In 2008, Rio authorities moved to reassert control in lawless favelas, or slums, ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. So far, 30 UPPs (Police Pacification Units) with more than 8,000 officers have been deployed and are protecting more than half of the two million people who live in local slums. Authorities said their goal is to have 40 UPPs in place by 2014. Violence has receded since police launched operations in the slums, including in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest shantytown. In the first half of 2012, the murder rate fell to 10.9 per 100,000 residents, far lower than the national average of 26 per 100,000. In 2009, the murder rate in Rio was 36.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. the favelas in rio de janeiro should be controlled by military forceslast_img read more

Injury-hit Liverpool look to avoid FA Cup upset

first_img Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. GRUELLING SCHEDULElast_img read more