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When hundreds of Brazilian soldiers battled heavily armed drug traffickers in Rocinha last week, anxiety flared not only in Rio's biggest favela but also in chic neighborhoods just down the road.Nearly 1,000 soldiers were brought in to quell a week of gunbattles between rival gangs in a turf battle in Rocinha after police admitted they were unable to cope.Rene Hasenclever, president of the Gavea residents association, is similarly resigned.Thus, the rich, distributed mainly along the coast, are within reach of the gunfire that plagues daily life for 1.5 million Cariocas -- the quarter of the population living on the impoverished slopes.The tight-knit neighborhoods are home mostly to working class people, but have suffered from decades of being ignored by the government, creating vacuums filled by gangs.
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