Sunseekers Return to Rio’s Beaches

What's New — By Lucy Bryson on November 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm

A day of blazing sunshine has seen tourists and locals make a cautious return to Rio de Janeiro’s famous beaches, as the police and armed forces storm slums in the north of the city.

Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon had been uncharacteristically quiet for most of the week, as a wave of terror attacks by drug gangs left residents and tourists frightened to leave their homes and hotels.

The weekend has seen the touristic South Zone of Rio largely untroubled, although violence has raged elsewhere in the city.
After a police deadline for the drug dealers to surrender passed with little positive response, thousands of heavily armed police and military stormed some of the drug dealers’  strongholds, and have now declared ‘victory’ over the drug gangs in the vast Complexo do Alemao favela. Whether this victory proves to be sustainable remains to be seen, but the police and city government so far seem to have the upper hand in a major clean up operation that aims to wrest control of the city’s slums from the drug lords ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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