Agence France-PresseAugust 5, 2013 11:35
Some 180 elite Brazilian police officers deployed into a drug-infested slum complex in northern Rio on Monday in order to prepare the way for a permanent presence there.
"We are here to stay," Rio state governor Sergio Cabral told the daily O Dia.
The Mangueirinha complex, located in the Baixada Fluminense district, is home to 25,000 people and comprises the Corte 8, Sapo, Santuario and Mangueirinha favelas.
Police said a 180-strong detachment, mainly from the elite Shock battalion, would be deployed for 30 days to prepare for a permanent presence.