Rio's Alemão favela residents demonstrate against violence
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Rio's Alemão favela residents demonstrate against violence

Hundreds of people have marched through the narrow streets of one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest complexes of slums in a peaceful demonstration demanding an end to recent violence.

During the four-hour demonstration at the Complexo do Alemão on Saturday, protesters carried banners reading “less bullets – more love,” and “we don’t want any more deaths.”

Community leaders told reporters that at least 500 people took part in the demonstration.

The march came one day after residents briefly clashed with police at the end of a rally held to protest the shooting death of a boy in the shantytown, allegedly at the hands of police.

Ten-year-old Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira was shot dead Thursday during a police operation against suspected drug traffickers.

Associated Press