Brazil forces occupy favela ahead of World Cup

Navy armored vehicles are seen during an operation to occupy the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 30, 2014. AP
 More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro\’s international airport before dawn Sunday in the latest security push ahead of this year\’s World Cup.
The Sunday invasion of the Mare favela is the latest effort of the government\’s "pacification\’\’ program intended to secure Rio before this year\’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
The Mare slum is a drug-trafficking stronghold that is considered one of the most dangerous places in the city.
The security effort began in 2008 and has created 37 police "pacification\’\’ outposts in Rio de Janeiro.
Source- Agencies
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