Ten weeks before the start of the World Cup in Brazil, police are making a final push to sweep clean some of Rio's most crime-ridden areas. Just a mile from the airport where teams and fans will arrive, there were scenes today resembling a military operation.
ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:
About 1,000 Brazilian officers have begun invading a huge complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport, the latest area to be targeted for the government's "pacification" programme.
ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who is with the military police as they go in to Rio's favelas, reports:
No resistance from where we are. The drugs gangs violent not stupid. Have they fled already? Will they bide their time and simply return?
With 10 weeks to go until the World Cup in Brazil, the military police have been sent in to Rio's favelas - its shanty towns - in a bid to clean up the streets.
ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft has joined them on the operation:
5am, Complexo da Maré favela - Rio. 10 weeks til the World Cup and in go the marines' armoured personnel carriers http://t.co/Zf3SSCBhIw
Police Special Ops Battalion going street to street looking for armed traffickers, weapons and drugs. So far seen stashes of crack seized.