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Brazilian President Temer deploys military to police Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian troops mobilized in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: AFP

Brazilian troops mobilized in Rio de Janeiro.  Photo: AFP

Brasilia, Feb 23 (RHC)-- Despite widespread rejection by many Brazilians, President Michel Temer’s is enacting his decree ordering the military to take control of security in Rio de Janeiro.  The move comes amid a spike in violent crime in Brazil’s second-largest city. 

Heavily armed soldiers in armored vehicles are now patrolling Rio’s impoverished favelas.  The military’s deployment follows a wave of violence carried out by Brazil’s police, who killed over 4,200 people across the country in 2016, with nearly 1,000 of those killings in Rio de Janeiro alone. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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