Residents of Rio’s Alemao shantytown protest against drug-related violence

Residents in one of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest complex of shantytowns protested on Saturday against increased violence, mostly between local drug gangs and police.

Demonstrators held a march in Complexo do Alemao calling for peace.

The government has set up “armoured bases” complained one resident, but provided no opportunities for families and youths.

“They don’t build squares, don’t build a sports field,” said Rita de Silva.

In April, a ten-year-old boy was shot dead at the Complexo Alemao during a police operation against suspected drug traffickers.

The boy’s mother says she saw police shoot her son dead and the incident sparked protests.

Demonstrators also used social media with the hashtag #TáTudoErrado (everything is wrong, in Portuguese) to post videos and support the march.

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