The Brazilian authorities stated Friday that it might dispatch 10,240 troopers and police officers to assist fight a crime wave in the nation’s southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro.
The dispatch, together with eight,500 from the navy, 620 from the National Security Force, and 1,120 from the Federal Highway Police, will assist native police sort out a critical public safety disaster, stated Defense Minister Raul Jungmann.
The troops shall be stationed principally in Rio’s metro areas, however could also be despatched to different areas in the state if crucial, Jungmann stated, including they may stay there till 2018.
“We don’t rule out the possibility of the military’s patrolling streets,” stated Jungmann.
The measure got here after Rio de Janeiro State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao and Rio de Janeiro City Mayor Marcelo Crivella requested for federal assist to fight rising crime amid a flagging economic system and state chapter.
Brazilian President Michel Temer stated in a video that the presence of troops in the state was crucial to “ensure public order.”
The state of Rio de Janeiro is going through a dire monetary state of affairs which has contributed to the rise in crimes. Cargo theft has elevated, and murders of police officers have hit an all-time excessive this yr with 91 police officers murdered in the state thus far. (Xinhua)