Rio’s Security Secretary Resigns Amidst Surge in Violence

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday, October 11th, Security Secretary for Rio de Janeiro State, José Mariano Beltrame handed in his resignation after almost ten years on the job. Beltrame was responsible for the implementation of the Police Pacifying Units (UPP) in Rio’s main favela communities.

“It's a cycle that ends. Security is an endless battle,” Beltrame said in an interview to local newscasters at RJTV. “Since it is a long battle, we must face this challenge as a relay race. There comes a time when we have to pass the baton . . .

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