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Complexo da Maré: reality check for the elite squad

Since the 2008 start of Rio’s new public safety policy, BOPE, the military police elite squad, has met with community members, but never like this. First of all, the cops weren’t even invited. “When we saw you coming in, the … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind

Encontros imediatos do quarto grau [clicar para português] You’re driving slowly on a small street in Rio’s south zone, with two cars visible in your rearview mirror. Suddenly a fourth car appears, blocking your way. Three men get out and each … Continue reading

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