A police helicopter flies over the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, April 12, 2004. According to reports, about 1000 police officers invaded the slum after a battle between rival drug traffickers erupted during the weekend. At least eight people died during the confrontations. Gun battles between rival drug gangs, and police are common. Many slums in Rio de Janeiro have long been run by drug barons, often with links to local politicians and police. The levels of violence are comparable to a war zone, and recently the Deputy Mayor of Rio, Luiz Paulo Conde, proposed an Israeli-style wall around the slums as a solution.
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