Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO

Marksmen in place before pope's Rio favela visit

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Rio de Janeiro, July 25 - Marksmen have begun
setting up in and around the infamous Manguinhos favela in Rio
de Janeiro ahead of Pope Francis' visit Thursday.
Many of the inhabitants of the shanty town were asked not
to rent out available apartments along the street where Francis,
in Brazil for his first international trip as pontiff, will make
his entrance.
In addition to setting up inside vacant dwellings, police
have chopped down a number of trees to improve visibility inside
the Varginha, the specific neighborhood the world's first Latin
American pontiff will visit.
Helicopters are in place to circle the area while the
Argentine native is there to enter one of six homes vetted in
advance.
Known for outbreaks of violence between rival drug gangs,
Varginha is referred to locally as the "Gaza Strip".
It was recently "pacified" by heavily armed police who
flooded the area to disperse and deter crime.
The pope arrived Monday in Brazil for the week-long World
Youth Day events.

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