Governor Witzel Suggests Closing Access to Rio’s Favelas to Counter Cargo Theft

Closing access to favela communities is another controversial measure designed to curb the crisis in public safety in the state. The governor said the program could rely on the use of helicopters and high-speed motorcycles.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The proposal is part of a plan to counter cargo theft announced on Wednesday, October 16th, by Governor Wilson Witzel. The initiative, scheduled for early 2020, would feature in a Present Safety project and would act in "stretches of roads and accesses where there is access to cargo theft in [favela] communities," said Witzel.

It "[will] virtually eliminate and greatly reduce the money that finances arms and drug trafficking in our state," he continued.

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