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Brazil: State assist Rio´s slums, now open for business and normal life.

People make their late-hour Christmas shopping at a comercial neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 23, 2010. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Credit to VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The brazilian military police placed a big Christmas tree atop of a hill in the middle of Rio de Janeiro’s Alemao slum. The Christmas Tree in one of the most dangerous slums in Rio  is a powerful symbol of the slum´s recent liberation from gangs and easy trigger drug traffickers.

And the fact that the Christmas tree was paid by an important bank symbolizes that Rio’s heavily-populated slums, or favelas, are now open for business after years of criminal chaos and of being partly shut out by the city’s drugs war.

Nearly a month after military police and special troops drove drug traffickers out of the slum Alemao, all kind of companies like banks, utility firms and telecom have joined government officials rushing to  help and assist this long-neglected favela of more than 100,000 people.

The operation, part of Brazil’s most…. READ MORE HERE