RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio's governor has announced the end of a measure requiring police approval for parties and other events taking place in Rio de Janeiro's "favela" hillside slums.
In a video posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of the Voz da Comunidade newspaper, Gov. Sergio Cabral announced the repeal of Resolution 013. The measure gave commanders of the so-called "pacifying police units" based in dozens of Rio slums the power to prohibit cultural, artistic or sports events.
Police often forbade funk dances that could turn rowdy.
In the video, Cabral said the measure was "important when the communities began to be pacified" under a program begun in 2008 that aimed to oust the drug trafficking gangs that long ruled the slums.
"Now is another moment," he said.