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Rio militias keep peace in slums

For as long as anyone can remember, the cracked asphalt soccer field in the Roquete Pinto slum was off-limits to children, “reserved” by gangs selling marijuana and cocaine. Then, a few months ago, a mysterious squad of beefy men with submachine guns started patrolling on foot, and the drug dealers disappeared. Last month, while gunbattles were raging in two other Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods and bystanders were shielding their kids from the bullets, the barefoot teens of Roquete Pinto kicked a ball around their freshly liberated field. Full Story

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