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Brazil tightens control after slum violence

Brazil tightens control after slum violence
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Brazilian security forces are tightening their grip on a violence-hit shanty town in Rio de Janeiro.

A show of military might in Vila Cruzeiro, with hundreds of extra soldiers deployed, is the latest sign control has been regained from drugs gangs.

Police are now targeting a neighbouring slum.

Several shanty towns have been hit by violence since Sunday. Gangs are protesting at a crackdown in which police have moved in on their turf. More than 40 people have been killed.

News of the clashes around the globe has raised fresh questions about Rio’s suitability as an upcoming World Cup and Olympic venue.

“I think the measures being taken by the police are important, necessary and vital to the state,” said Rio resident Marcelo Muniz. For him, unless Rio is changed “once and for all”, opportunities to host these sorts of events won’t happen again.

Brazilian football authorities have promised that the 2014 World Cup will take place in a “climate of normality.” And organisers of the 2016 Olympics have also pledged a trouble-free games.