Rio De Janeiro: To quell a burst of carjackings, supermarket lootings and murders, military troops rolled into this tropical metropolis last month heading straight for the slums. They set up checkpoints and sent armed patrols to root out criminals, searching everyone from children to grandmothers.
Lianne Milton/For The Washington Post In a government-ordered campaign that began in February, soldiers were sent to fight crime in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, including Vila Kennedy, seen here on March 17. Violence-weary residents of the…
The military campaign, the first of its scale since Brazil’s return to democracy in the 1980s, brought an outcry from human rights groups. Had this happened in the United States or Europe, some argued, lawsuits would have been filed. Communities would have rebelled.
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