Paula Daibert – Al Jazeera, 08/10/2013
Almost one year after a “pacifying police unit” was established in Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest slums, questions are being raised over whether or not the state presence in an area formerly dominated by drug gangs is improving life for the local population.
Raquel Rolnik, professor at the University of São Paulo and UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, told Al Jazeera that special police units (UPPs) are a part of a broader policy aimed at preparing Rio for the World Cup and the Olympics.
“UPPs have mostly been implemented in favelas near the richest areas of the city. Rio’s urban project stimulates real estate investments,” she said.