Brazil/Organised Crime: Police claims to have regained control over Complexo do Alemão

Over 2,600 Special Forces raided the Complexo do Alemão, a complex of 13 favela’s, were an estimated 600 gang members sought refuge after intensified police operations on Sunday. Police officials said that they met “little resistance” and claimed to have taken control of the area after a mere two hours. According to the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, at least ten people were detained in the operation. Two people were said to have sustained injuries as it remains unclear whether any fatalities have been reported.

The operation was launched after the police offered the traffickers an ultimatum to leave the area but only a few responded and laid down their arms. During the operation, at least 40 tons of marijuana and 200 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the area which has been dominated by armed gangs of traffickers such as the Comando Vermelho (Red Commando) and Amigos dos Amigos, which oppose to the government’s plan to pacify the favela’s ahead of the 2014 Olympic Games and the 2016 FIFA World Cup fixtures. Both gangs have been said to be responsible for the violence which engulfed the city throughout last week. At least 35 people died in the violence, including two civilians, and hundreds of cars were torched.