Violence erupts in Rio favela near Olympic venues months before World Cup

People walk through smoke from fires set by protesters following shootings in the Pavao-Pavaozinho community, just blocks from Copacabana Beach

Violence erupted in a Rio de Janeiro favela as angry residents set fires and showered a busy avenue in the city’s main tourist area with homemade explosives and glass bottles following the death of a 25-year-old man.

Exchanges of gunfire could be heard after members of an elite police unit moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho area yesterday, just two months before Brazil hosts the World Cup.

Residents blame police for the killing of 25-year-old Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira whose body was found earlier in the day.

He was a well-known figure in the community, as he was a dancer on a TV show for Brazil’s Globo network, the nation’s largest channel. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear…

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