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Has the UPP program led to criminal migration
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Has Rio’s ‘Pacification’ Simply Pushed Crime to the City Limits?

Officials in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area are increasingly complaining that the so-called "pacification" of favelas is displacing violence to the city's...
Symbols of the Red Command (Comando Vermelho)
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Favela Battle Reveals Complexity of Rio’s Criminal Landscape

A battle for control of a favela between members of the Terceiro Comando Puro and Comando Vermelho offers a perfect illustration of the nature of criminal control...
Terceiro Comando Puro - The Pure Third Command
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Pure Third Command

The Pure Third Command (Terceiro Comando Puro) is one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro. Its origins can be...
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Top Rio de Janeiro Trafficker Killed in Police Shootout

Police announced the killing of one of Rio de Janeiro's most wanted drug traffickers, sparking mixed reactions in the neighborhoods he once ruled and opening a new...
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Tracking the Spread of Crack Cocaine in São Paulo and Rio

The market for crack cocaine is booming in Brazil, and may already be bringing in major profits for organized crime in São Paulo and Rio de...