Police Criticized as Violence Continues in Brazil’s City of Vitória

Governor Paulo Hartung says military police are hijacking the freedom of citizens for ransom, and since Friday there have been more than one hundred violent deaths in Vitória.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As tension continues in the streets of Vitória, the licensed governor of the state of Espirito Santo said on Wednesday that the actions taken by the military police and their family members could be construed as a blackmail and that the state would not give in to the ‘ransom demands’.

“What is happening in Espirito Santo is clear blackmail,” governor Paulo Hartung, on medical license since December, told reporters on Wednesday.

“It is the same thing as hijacking the freedom of the Capixaba [Vitória] citizen and [demand] paying . . .

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