After troops and local police recently launched a crack down on crime in Rio de Janeiro’s slums, Brazilian soldiers are to stay in the worst of the city’s shanty towns for at least six months.
A so-called new Police Pacification Unit has been set up to combat drug gangs and violence in advance of the 2014 World Cup.
The city’s governor was adamant the new unit would rise to the challenge.
Last Sunday some 800 troops and 1800 riot police launched a military style invasion to bring law and order to the Complexo do Alemao slum.
The operation left 50 dead and recovered significant caches of drugs and weapons.