Army to Expand Operations into Alemão

By Dialogo
December 02, 2010

The army’s participation will be expanded into the interior of the Alemão complex in a second phase of occupation of the group of favelas retaken by security troops on Sunday, November 28th, according to Gen. Adriano Pereira, the head of the Eastern Military Command.

According to the general, the troops will cease acting merely in the area around the Alemão complex and will shift to entering the interior of the community, which has around 400,000 residents.

“Today we have a guarantee of security on the Alemão perimeter. Now there’s a new directive, which is going to extend into the interior of the area,” the general told Reuters.

The officer affirmed that he is waiting for a document from the Ministry of Defense establishing the lines of action, as well as authorization for army troops to remain until October of next year, so that a Pacifying Police Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, UPP) can be installed in the community.

The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, made a formal request for two thousand men from the armed forces to remain in the group of favelas until the installation of the UPP in the community.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva also affirmed that federal forces will remain in the state as long as necessary to guarantee peace in Rio de Janeiro.