Rio Police Successfully Occupy Rocinha, Brazil’s Largest Shantytown

By Geraldine Cook
November 15, 2011

On November 13, following an operation that began early in the morning with support from armed vehicles and in which not a single shot was fired, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro (PM) obtained complete control of the Brazil’s largest shantytown, Rocinha, which had been in the hands of drug traffickers for 30 years.