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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Certain units of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police (PMRJ) received authorization from the State Secretary of Public Security, José Mariano Beltrame, to wear masks, or the balaclava, in specific operations such as hostage rescue and events such as demonstrations. As O Globo reports, the face-masks were banned in Rio for the last twenty years because it hindered the identification of police.

According to Beltrame, the resolution signed by him has limited the use of the masks as personal protective equipment. "It is necessary equipment for certain police . . .

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