Police operations terrorized communities and were rarely fruitful, due to the resourcefulness of drug traffickers and the widespread corruption of policemen.
The only major difference between Rio during the winter and Rio during the summer? In order to preserve the integrity of the children's hearing system, the Juvenile Court for Children and Adolescents of Rio de Janeiro established a minimum age of 5 years old to enter the Sambadrome.
Additionally, crowds tend to be light in autumn, especially during May and June, when local kids and university students are back at school.
It also tends to rain primarily at night in Rio de Janeiro at this time of year, though daytime showers can still take place.