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Brazil: President Temer Deploys Military to Police Rio de Janeiro

HeadlineFeb 22, 2018

Brazil’s Senate has lent its support to President Michel Temer’s decree ordering the military to take control of security in Rio de Janeiro amid a spike in violent crime in Brazil’s second-largest city. Heavily armed soldiers in armored vehicles are now patrolling Rio’s impoverished favelas. The military’s deployment follows a wave of violence carried out by Brazil’s police, who killed over 4,200 people across the country in 2016, with nearly 1,000 of those killings in Rio de Janeiro alone.

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