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Brazilian soldiers patrol in Rio to guarantee 'democratic freedom' ahead of election

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

A student walks past a Brazilian Army tank during a patrol of the Muquico slum in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 1. Brazilian soldiers and marines started a patrol in Rio de Janeiro slums to guarantee "democratic freedom" and allow candidates to campaign for the upcoming Oct. 7 elections for the mayor and city council.

Silvia Izquierdo / AP

An Electoral Tribune worker removes illegal campaign banners while a Brazilian soldier patrols the Fogo Cruzado slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 1. Brazil's Defense Ministry says troops will be used to ensure peaceful voting and campaigning in Rio de Janeiro ahead of next week's municipal elections. Voters in 5,565 cities and towns across Latin America's biggest country will elect mayors and municipal councilmen on Oct. 7.

Silvia Izquierdo / AP

A child lounges on a bench next to a campaign banner at the Fogo Cruzado slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 1.

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