Brazil’s Armed Forces Take Over Rio’s Security to Curb Violence

Escalating violence in Rio leads Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, to decide that the Armed Forces will oversee both civil and military police operations.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After months of escalating violence residents of Rio de Janeiro woke up Friday morning to the news that Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, decided to declare federal intervention in Rio’s public security. The measures calls for the Armed Forces to oversee both civil and military police in the state, as well as firefighters and intelligence agencies.

According to media reports, after almost four hours of discussions late Thursday night, President Temer gave in to the pleas of Rio de Janeiro’s governor, Luiz Fernando Pezão, and gave the . . .

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