Brazilian police occupy Rio slum complex long held by drug dealers

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 14 at 11:34 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say about 2,000 officers met no major resistance as they carried out a planned occupation of a complex of shantytowns long held by Rio de Janeiro's largest drug-dealing faction.

Police said in a release that the morning operation took about 20 minutes. In the Jacarezinho (zhak-ah-ray-ZEE'-nyoh) slum, six shots were fired once police arrived, and one suspect was injured while trying to set fire to a barricade meant to keep officers out.

The operation started at dawn and the Brazilian and the state flags were raised in the center of the complex by 10 a.m.

This area will now become part of a state program that establishes so-called "peacekeeping police units" in shantytowns previously held by drug traffickers. This is the 29th such unit in Rio de Janeiro.

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APPHOTO XSI101: Police officers check a man during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) at Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XFD109: A police helicopter flies over the Maguinhos slum during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XFD110: Police officers patrol the Maguinhos slum during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XFD107: An armored navy vehicle is seen in the Maguinhos slum during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XFD106: A resident walk past police officers during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) at the Jacarezinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XFD103: A Police officer patrols inside a destroyed house in the Maguinhos slum during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XSI105: A woman walks past a police armored car during an operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) at Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Oct. 14, 2012. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded Jacarezinho and Manguinhos slum complex early Sunday. The action is part of a policing program aiming to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's slums, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) (14 Oct 2012)

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