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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – At least 28 cities in the state of Espírito Santo are cancelling their Carnival festivities with officials claiming a lack of police protection for partygoers. State residents have faced looting and violence for the past eighteen days due to the absence of patrolling by military police officers.

The Carnival cancellations have happened despite the federal government extending the stay of the Armed Forces in the state for another two weeks, according to government news sources.

“The measure is due to the crisis experienced by public security in the state . . .

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