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RIO DE JANEIRO SECURITY INCIDENTS – 4TH BULLETIN OF JANUARY

According to investigations made by the Civil Police, the violent confrontations between drug traffickers and militia members that have been ravaging residents of communities in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone for about 10 days may be related to a dispute for territories in the region. The police identified a movement of drug traffickers to take over some of these areas from the militia: Muzema, Gardênia Azul, and even Rio das Pedras. Cidade de Deus would be the “Headquarters”, and Morro do Banco, in Itanhangá, the “advanced base” of the invasion. Communities in the West Zone of Rio are mostly dominated by militia. Cidade de Deus is an exception and has been under the control of drug traffickers from Comando Vermelho (CV) for years. On the other hand, Gardênia Azul has been dominated by militiamen for three decades but is also the target of disputes between rival paramilitaries. At least seven deaths have occurred in the West Zone in the last few days, and four of them are related to the war in Gardênia Azul.

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