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Last year, police were charged after bricklayer Amarildo de Souza, who lived in the city's biggest shanty town Roncinha, was tortured and murdered Mother Quiva stands in her home near son Joao Vitor.

The police have been the subject of much controversy in the country. a police headquarters was burned down in a protest against government presence in the favelas A Mare resident Louis Carlos de Sousa is pictured here.

Last week, protestors set fire to a police office in the city A policeman stands next to a piece of graffiti bearing the words: 'Politicians and the UPP' will die.

The UPP is a special community officer group which steps in to keep peace in the favela once government troops have left Police wait outside an unknown house in the slum.

The UPP will then remain in the shanty town in order to keep peace and control any uprising A couple walks along as a navy tank storms into the place where they live.

The army presence in favelas across Rio has sparked rage across the city.

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Police in the city have attracted widespread criticism for their heavy-handed approach to controlling drug crime in the city Joao Batista da Silva (left) and wife Gizelda Alves da Silva pose on their bed in the Complexo da Mare slum.

Police have been criticised for violent control tactics in the slums.

Police have installed 37 such posts in recent years in an area covering 1.5 million people Three children sit on a sofa staring at the camera in the Complexo da Mare slum - one of the largest 'favelas' in Rio de Janeiro.