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Rio ramps up security after deadly unrest

Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:21 AM
A group of military policemen walking in the streets of the Cantagalo favela, next to Copacabana, where a young dancer was killed last weekend and residents held a protest. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, the authorities beefed up security on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach.

Dozens of military police, including members of a feared special forces battalion, moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, which is also near the well-heeled Ipanema district, an AFP journalist reported.

The security operation comes after protests on late Tuesday by residents over the death of a dancer who residents say was the victim of police brutality. A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the head during the subsequent protests.

The deadly unrest was another blow to Rio's public image as Brazil prepares to host the month-long World Cup, which kicks off on June 12, and the Olympic Games in 2016.

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