Favela Occupations near Rio to Require 1,500 Agents

By Geraldine Cook
August 09, 2013

The occupation of the 15 favelas within Complexo da Maré, near Rio’s international airport, will require an operation of 1,500 agents, the new commander of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police (PM), Colonel José Luis Castro Menezes, stated on August 8. The authorities have been planning the retake of these favelas for months, where 75,000 people live and are dominated by drug trafficking.