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Police occupy favela Pavaozinho/Cantagalo

With the occupation initiated this Monday, November 30, of the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas (slums), in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, which are controlled by drugs traffickers, the Rio Military police is starting an operation that by the end of 2010 should be offering what they call “community security” to 30% of those who live in favelas in the city. This will mean that about 300 thousand people will be living in areas protected by the UPPs (Peacemaking Police Units).

These numbers were calculated by José Mariano Beltrame, Rio de Janeiro state’s secretary of Public Security. He also said that another two communities will get Police Peacemaking units before the end of the year.

“This proposal is not going to stop. It is a concrete gesture that we are prepared to do us and will continue to do it. And we will have a great number of helped people up to the end of the next year. We intend to reach 30% of the communities, which endure today the territory logic imposed by the assault rifle, free from this weapon, free from the control of these crooks,” said Beltrame.

For the UPPs alone will be assigned 3,300 military policemen. They will be chosen, preferentially, among young recruits and they will get a salary bonus of, at least, 500 reais (US$ 285), paid for by Rio’s city hall by means of an agreement. In the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo’s UPP will be detailed 250 military men.

The strategy of permanently occupying the communities controlled by the organized crime, instead of only holding individual operations, is part an integration policy in the favelas where about a million people live, through projects of Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) together with programs of basic sanitation infrastructure, lighting services, opening of streets and house building.

Five communities already have their UPPs: Batan and Cidade de Deus, in the west side, and Santa Marta, Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira hills, in the south side.

The operation in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas started Monday morning. About 300 military policemen, most of them form the elite force Bope (Special Operation Battalion) took over the community. During the action, the policemen gave battle to drug traffickers. A man died and another was arrested. According to the police, both were linked to drug trafficking.


December 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Favela Fight

Check out favelafight a friend of Soufavelado. You can stay in Chapeu Marengeira, a small favela 2 blocks from the beach, and study a fighting style. Cool life!

Looking for an amazing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai training experience? Want to train with the world’s top fighters? Come live, fight, and train in the favela in world famous Rio de Janeiro. Shape up your ground game, work on your striking and submission skills while immersing yourself in Brazilian culture.

Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing, with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and champion, Marcelo Penca. Live and train in a working class “favela”, where the world’s top fighters are born and made.

November 17, 2009 at 1:19 am 1 comment

Gringolado POV: Anwar Boyce

Favela Tavares Bastos

City of God, with all of it’s violence and profanity, and crude imagery was all I needed to inspire me to visit the favelas. After seeing that “wonderful” movie I made it my priority to go to Brazil and work in the favelas.  In 2006, I made my first step in a favela called Parada de Lucas. My initial thought was fear. I saw the movies, and hear horrible stories, but I knew I had to go to a favela and see it for myself. I stayed in Parada de Lucas for a month working with an english class, and helping out with day care.   It was definitely a culture shock. At the entrance there were guys carrying Ak’s and I remember seeing a few kids walking around with hand guns. Also I had to get adjusted to the fireworks going off all the time. I’m still not sure of exactly what it signified. Either drugs entering the favela or police entering, I heard different explanations regarding that. My whole time in Parada de Lucas I never really was fearful, except for the police which thought I was a drug dealer and tried to steal my camera. But, I actually fell in love with the favela. There was always music being played (baile funk music, which sucks!) kids everywhere, and they were playing football (soccer), flying kites, and anything else to enjoy themselves. There were carnivals, they had grocery stores, video rental stores, everything it was like a little city. I really loved everybody’s friendliness and the strong sense of community. Parada de Lucas sealed my love for the favela.

Since PLucas, I have visited other favelas and realized that each favela is different and distinct. I stayed in Chapeu Mangeiras which was 2 blocks from the Copacobana beach. Chapeu is occupied by police so there are no drug dealers, well there are but not with guns. It’s a very safe favela, and even before the police occupation there was really no big problems. Plus Camila Pitanga (a hotttt brazilian actress) lived there at one time.My love Camila
Chapeu had great views of the beach and amazing trails overlooking all of Rio. Also I would feed the little monkeys every morning, can’t beat that.MacacinhosRio View

I also visited the larger favelas like Vidigal, and Rocinha (the largest favela in all Latin America). All though each favela was different they all had a strong culture filled with music and community involvement. I met many other foreigners living or visiting the favelas as well and they all had a similar love and passion for the favela. It was amazing to see this common love because most of the Brazilians I met never have stepped foot inside of a favela and always discourage me from going, while there are all these “gringos” living and loving the favela.

I can’t help it but I’m a favelado!!!

November 5, 2009 at 8:19 pm 2 comments

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