Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’
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Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

People crowd onto Princess Isabel Square after a police operation removed them from a nearby area of the Nova Luz neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It’s known as “Cracolandia,” the land of crack, for the many drug users living on its streets.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

A crowd gathers in Princess Isabel Square after a police operation removed people from an area in the Nova Luz neighborhood, known as “Cracolandia,” in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Rafael Matos da Silva works as a doorman at a boarding house in Nova Luz. “There are hard-working people and families living here, not just traffickers,” he says of the neighborhood.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

The downtown Sao Paulo neighborhood of Nova Luz, known as “Cracolandia,” has a large concentration of crack users living on its streets.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

An addict lights up in Nova Luz’s Princess Isabel Square in São Paulo, Brazil.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Authorities stand guard near Nova Luz’s Princess Isabel Square after a police operation removed people from Helvetia and Dino Bueno streets.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Milton Custodia de Souza owns a boarding house in the Nova Luz neighborhood near “Cracolandia.”

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Princess Isabel Square has come to be known as the new “Cracolandia” after a police operation removed drug users from Helvetia and Dino Bueno streets in the Sao Paulo neighborhood Nova Luz.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

A man bathes in the crowded Princess Isabel Square.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

An aerial view of Helvetia and Dino Bueno streets in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where authorities expelled a large concentration of drug users.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Many drug users who had scattered from one part of the Nova Luz neighborhood after a police crackdown have regrouped at Princess Isabel Square.

 (Victor Moriyama / For The Times)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Brazilian police sweep through the Sao Paulo area known as “Cracolandia” in May. More than 500 police officers were involved in an operation to crack down on drug use and  trafficking to help revitalize the downtown.

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Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Brazilian police conduct sweeps of homes in the Nova Luz neighborhood of Sao Paulo.

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Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

Brazilian police sweep through an area known as “Cracolandia” in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 (Fernando Bizerra Jr. / EPA)
Brazilian authorities move on ‘Cracolandia’

The operation in Nova Luz by Brazilian police drew criticism from some residents.

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