The Brazilian government's 'pacification' initiative has led to drug busts and shootouts in Rio's favelas.
Just a few months before Rio de Janeiro welcomes visitors for the World Cup, and two years before it hosts the Olympics, security within the city remains a major issue. The government currently promotes the policy of "pacification", where security forces engage in raids, drug busts, and even gunfights with suspected gang members. This pacification policy is supposed to pave the way for the development of long-neglected favelas in Rio, Brazil's second-biggest city and home to 11 million people. However, many of the favelas remain in the hands of an army of drug dealers and criminals who are not willing to step down or be pacified.
Via Seth Dixon