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Slum war in Rio de Janeiro (35 pics)

Posted in Pictures   21 Oct 2009   / 12887 views

Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city which must be very interesting to visit but nothing is perfect and behind the beautiful beaches, there are a lot of things that happen in the slums…

The battle which began on Saturday between hundreds of drug traffickers from different rival gangs put the chaos in Rio and turned the city into a warzone. They shot down a police helicopter. 17 people died that weekend.
Talk about a good advertisement two weeks only after Rio was awarded the 2016 Olympics…
It raised questions over the city's ability to safely host the Games in 2016.


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Comments (7):

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Sigh 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah, sort of puts President Obama's influence and ability to reach out to people diplomatically in perspective. The IOC would rather have a country where this is going on than what he argued for.

But he'll save us all from the terrorists of the world and stop Iran from getting nukes, because he's smarter, and he's better, and gosh darn it, people like him.
       
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Hg from Rio 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I live in a city called Niteroi, wich is very close to Rio (about 15km). My family lives in Rio de Janeiro and my brother lives pretty near the area where they shot the helicopter. He told me he never heard such a gunfight (in about 20 years of usual gun shots every night).

It´s very sad indeed Rio has put this show for all the world just 2 weeks after beeing choosen for the olimpycs. Personally I don´t think our government has the abillity to end this war till 2016. It will happen the same things that happen when the pope came to Rio. The drugdealler´s are not interested in terrorism, but in profit. Dureing this kind of event, the police makes a greta pression on the dealer´s gangs and the "agree" to stay put untill the event is over, so the city has a few day in peace... and when the tourists are gone, everything goes back to "normal".

Sad, but this is how things goes here. =/

Anyway, I liked to see that the site didn´t distorted the event, and showed what really happened. I thank Izismile staff for the honesty.
       
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mominco 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
well i'd be scared to live there
       
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33 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
already 33 passed away buddy!!!

Leo

Brazil
       
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severe_009 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
WTF 36
Challenge breeds excellence...
       
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robin yates 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
drugs means corruption,,,,,,,,,,,,,, remove the bent politicians and police,,,,,,,,,, see what happens then,,,,,,,,, cray
       
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xpwurld 7 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
n_wassat n_wassat n_wassat
       














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