An aerial shot of the Mare slums complex is seen in Rio de Janeiro
An aerial shot of the Mare slums complex, with the Piscinao de Ramos artificial beach on left, is seen ahead its occupation by federal troops this Sunday in Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2014. Brazil will deploy federal troops to Rio de Janeiro to help quell a surge in violent crime following attacks by drug traffickers on police posts in three slums on the north side of the city, government officials said on Friday.
Less than three months before Rio welcomes tens of thousands of foreign soccer fans for the World Cup, the attacks cast new doubts on government efforts to expel gangs from slums using a strong police presence. The city will host the Olympics in 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER CITYSCAPE)