Brazilian Authorities Raid Rio Favela In Preparation For 2014 World Cup

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Top Story — A wave of heavily armed Brazilian soldiers and police swept through one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas Sunday morning in an effort to wrestle control of the area in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup from drug gangs. The pre-announced operation in the Mangueira neighborhood, home to Rio’s famed Maracana soccer stadium and one of the city’s oldest samba schools, took place around dawn as 14 armored personnel carriers rolled through area’s steep streets as helicopters hovered overhead. Brazilian authorities met no resistance as the drug gangs fled the neighborhood well in advance. Some Mangueira residents worried that after the World Cup the police presence will disappear and the gangs will return. “All of that is because of the World Cup. But afterward, who will make sure it doesn’t go back to like before, that the police won’t leave?” said Vera, who did refused to give her last name for fear of reprisal.

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