by UNCENSORED NEWS
| November 26, 2010 at 01:48 pm
Rio de Janeiro is in serious gang-related peril, and an organized law enforcement takeover is in effect. The Vila Cruzeiro slums and favellas were raided by 80 federal police officers looking door-to-door for gang members. At least 25 people have been killed, as well as innocent bystanders. Police are trying to stop gang related conflicts in the area. Drug gangs have caused riots, problems and murders which have overrun the citizens of Rio de Janeiro's shantytown. "The police are saying they're going to bring order to the place, but who knows what will really happen," an anonymous neighbor said. "The traffickers, they're like a fever in a city that's sick: They go away but they come back." More than 80 abandoned motorcycles and at least one body were found during the search Friday morning. "We took from these people what has never before been taken - their territory, their safe harbor," Rio state Public Safety Director Jose Beltrame said. "It's important to arrest them, but it's more important to take their territory."
About 80 federal police officers joined state police in door-to-door searches in the Vila Cruzeiro slum as 800 military troops, trained in surrounding and isolating conflict areas, stood ready in their headquarters, 12 miles (20 kilometers) away, to back them up. The area had been taken by law enforcement just hours before during a five-hour operation using armored vehicles and assault rifles.