Police in Rio de Janeior invaded the notorious Zona Norte group of favelas known as Complexo Alemao, killing 19.
"Is it a hard situation?" José Mariano Beltrame, Rio state's public security secretary, asked. "It is. Is it a bad situation? It is. If today, in an operation we can count 15 or 20 deaths, I'm sure that the same action next year or in 2010 would produce 50, 60 or 100 deaths."
Brazzil Mag has details.