Maré, Rio de Janeiro


Location in Rio de Janeiro

Coordinates: 22°51′48″S 43°14′24″W / 22.86333°S 43.24000°W / -22.86333; -43.24000Coordinates: 22°51′48″S 43°14′24″W / 22.86333°S 43.24000°W / -22.86333; -43.24000
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone North Zone

Maré is a neighborhood and favela (low-income informal neighborhood) in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2014 it was featured in a BBC Documentary series Welcome to Rio which highlighted issues with gangs and its pacification.

Complexo mare

Pacification efforts

On March 30, 2014, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Maré was occupied by various Brazilian security forces in an attempt to pacify the region. The raid began before dawn and involved over 1,000 police and other forces, including the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), Shock Police Battalion, several other police units, and the Brazilian Marine Corps.[1][2]


  1. "Brazilian security forces prepare to 'pacify' new Rio slum district". The Guardian. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  2. "Brazil forces occupy favela ahead of World Cup". BBC News. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2015-06-12.

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