An explosion of joy on the streets of Rio greeted the announcement that the city would be hosting the
2016 Olympic games. Two weeks later, and Rio saw an explosion of violence when a police helicopter
was shot down by drug traffickers. The governments reaction has been to intensify the crackdown on
the citys slums or Favelas. A Human Rights Watch report last month accused Rio and Sao Paolo police
of killing over 11,000 people since 2003. Many, the report claims, were executed by the police, shot at
point blank range. Many were innocent. And on many occasions, the police tried to cover up the
evidence. This week, Fault Lines travels to Rio to look at the crackdown in Rios Favelas, and what it
means for the people of the city.

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