Authorities in Rio de Janeiro are asserting control in long-neglected slums as the Brazilian city prepares for soccer’s 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
Nov. 13, 2011 Assault vehicles secure a street in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro. Police forces launched a major operation Sunday to wrest control of the shantytown from a heavily armed drug gang. The Brazilian government is seeking to increase security in Rio, which will host soccer matches during the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympics. ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Buy Photo