Hi-Tech survillence, helicopter gun-ships and super 'Robo-Cop' militarised Police Units. Body-armour and weapons provided by the US; consultants and advisors by Israel.
Saw a documentary recently in which favela-dwellers, battered by years of drug-cartel battles, were now being brutalised and killed by the police prior to the World Cup. Unarmed people shot down in broad daylight for "looking suspicious," their homes 'tagged' with numbers and symbols which mark the properties for minimal-notice demolition. No right to appeal, no compensation. Bang.
This is the price paid for two weeks of sport. Have a nice tournament, but excuse me if I'm not particularly excited about watching dipshit England fans and players taking selfies next to the "Big Jesus.
"First of all, the very word "pacification" was an affront to the favela residents, who did not see the military police invasion as a liberation, but as a 24/7 occupation.
"The idea behind the UPP was zero tolerance for carrying firearms, and the reassertion of state control. The first operation began with a surprise attack by the Special Forces, but that ended in disaster with scores of innocent people killed in the shootout. It was replaced by prior announcement of the invasion date, giving the drug lords the opportunity to move out and avoid armed confrontation.
"Once that was done, the police set up a barracks and began patrolling the community. They were not well received by the residents, who had experienced their indiscriminate violence, refusal to pay local businesses for food or drinks they consumed, and their obvious collaboration with gangs in the confiscation and resale of arms and drugs. The favela residents had more confidence in the dealers, so the entire premise was shaky from the start."