Federal Military Intervention in Rio de Janeiro Ends December 31st

Officials say that during the intervention, cargo transportation theft fell by 19.6 percent, auto theft declined by 7.7 percent, and street robberies and homicides by 5.9 percent each.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After ten months of federal military intervention in Rio de Janeiro’s public security agencies, officials of the Armed Forces state that the goals of mission - lowering crime rates and recovering the state’s security agencies - were reached.

"We are convinced that we are treading a difficult and uncertain path, but we have fulfilled the mission," said Army General Walter Braga Netto during a symbolic conclusion of the intervention plan on Thursday.

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