Rio is seeing violent, chaotic days. Armed men have set up roadblocks in key areas, including a highway leading to the international airport _ letting loose rifle fire, tossing grenades. Police responded by invading more than 20 slums and engaging traffickers in massive shootouts. Authorities now control some of the most fortified slums where traffickers long ruled with impunity, though the trade remains entrenched in hundreds of other shantytowns.
Bellow you can see a couple of photos I took last month two weeks before the war began in Rio.
Check the text by Bradley Brooks at Washington Post clicking here.
Alleged drug trafficker stands on a street at a slum in western Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)