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O Dia | Police Sweep Militia-Dominated Protest Zone

Source: O Dia.

Rio – [Yesterday,] State judicial police from various precincts and divisions carried out an operation in Rio das Pedras, Western Zone, Rio de Janeiro. The police took advantage of the protests to conduct a sweep of the community to verify potential crimes and irregularities.

“This is the police responding to what has happened in the community. We have come to offer security and we are going to sweep the area,” said Paulo Freitas, in charge of the Defense of Delegated Services Division. Continue reading

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Banning The Van | Rio Takes on Black Market

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Source: O Globo

RIO — The business interests of the oldest militia in Rio are behind the violent protests by van owners who blocked avenues in the Western Zone on Monday, leaving the Rio das Pedras neighborhood once again without bus service.

For the fourth straight day, militiamen who control black market van service in the area have demonstrated their strength of their resistance to the decision by Mayor Eduardo Paes to disallow the cooperatives from taking part in auctions of new van lines.

Protesters blocked off Engenheiro Souza Filho Avenue, which cuts through Rio das Pedras, with burning trash and tires, preventing buses from circulating in the areas.

Next, van drivers staged a march along Ayrton Senna Ave. to the subprefecture of Barra, occupying lanes in both directions. With that, traffic was complicated, with repercussions affecting the Yellow Line highway until near midnight.

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