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Rio de Janeiro favelas – a new look

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Favela do Vidigal Ipanema beach Rio de Janeiro_rd0028.jpg
Night view from Mirante do Arvrão ( Big Tree Belvedere ), at top of Favela do Vidigal with Leblon and Ipanema beaches in background, the area has one of the most valued square meters of the city because of the nice view. Since 2012 it has a Pacifying Police Unit ( Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, also translated as Police Pacification Unit ), abbreviated UPP, a law enforcement and social services program which aims at reclaiming territories, more commonly favelas, controlled by gangs of drug dealers.