Rio Avoids Major Police Strike but May Call in Federal Forces

The timing of a police strike action so close to Carnival, could prove detrimental to the state's ability to capitalize on much needed financial boost brought by tourism.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio state secretary for security, Roberto Sá, said yesterday (Friday, February 10th) that he could count on the support of federal forces, if necessary, as a result of the protest movement by women supporting the military police by blocking the exit of several battalions.

Yesterday Sá declared, "I have already talked to the Minister of Justice and they are in a position to act if necessary," during a conference at the Integrated Command and Control Center, where he spent the afternoon meeting with the public security summit.

"I sincerely hope that . . .

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