UPPs Drive Criminals From Rio’s Favelas Ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup

UPPs Drive Criminals From Rio’s Favelas Ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Geraldine Cook
June 17, 2013

Residents of the sprawling shantytowns known as favelas that surround Rio de Janeiro have benefitted from a dramatic drop in drug-related violence and street crime since the establishment of a comprehensive policing program known as Police Pacification Units [Unidades de Policia Pacificadora, or UPP] five years ago, authorities said.

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