Rio’s Violence

Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks.  Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained.

A boy stands outside his house as motorcycles burn at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A boy stands outside his house as motorcycles burn at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Policemen take position next to a burned vehicle during an operation against drug traffickers at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence Policemen take position next to a burned vehicle during an operation against drug traffickers at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Soldier aim their weapons during an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence Soldier aim their weapons during an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A general view of the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A general view of the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Police officers frisk suspects during an operation at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence Police officers frisk suspects during an operation at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A body lays next to an escape route used by traffickers after an operation against drug traffickers at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A body lays next to an escape route used by traffickers after an operation against drug traffickers at the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A solider looks on as he sits in an armored vehicle during an operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A solider looks on as he sits in an armored vehicle during an operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
An alleged drug trafficker aims a weapon while escaping in a motorcycle at the Complexo do Alemao in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence An alleged drug trafficker aims a weapon while escaping in a motorcycle at the Complexo do Alemao in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Residents walk past soldiers as they aim their weapons during an operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence Residents walk past soldiers as they aim their weapons during an operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Rogerio Cavalcante, bottom center, who was shot, lays on the ground as others help him during a police operation at the Grota slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Cavalcante died of his wounds a few days later. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence Rogerio Cavalcante, bottom center, who was shot, lays on the ground as others help him during a police operation at the Grota slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Cavalcante died of his wounds a few days later. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A police officer stands over seized weapons in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A police officer stands over seized weapons in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A resident looks at a body left inside a supermarket cart at the Juramento slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. A week after police wrested control of one of Rio's most dangerous slums from drug traffickers, depriving gangs of one of their main retail outlets, the business went on elsewhere, with traffickers still fighting and killing over drug distribution spots in the city. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A resident looks at a body left inside a supermarket cart at the Juramento slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. A week after police wrested control of one of Rio's most dangerous slums from drug traffickers, depriving gangs of one of their main retail outlets, the business went on elsewhere, with traffickers still fighting and killing over drug distribution spots in the city. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A policemen walks past a wall with a drawing of the Brazilian flag marked with bullet holes during an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010,  gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) Brazil Rio Violence A policemen walks past a wall with a drawing of the Brazilian flag marked with bullet holes during an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Rio de Janeiro authorities are taking control of slums long in control of drug traffickers in an effort to make the city safe for 2016 Olympics. In late 2010, gang members fought back, burning cars and doing mass robberies at road blocks. Police, backed by the military, responded with a massive offensive against the heart of the trade: the heavily fortified Alemao and Vila Cruzeiro slums. The bloody battle left 39 dead, and 200 detained. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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