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Brazil sends 9,000 soldiers to Rio amid security crisis

Thursday, February 16th, 2017:

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer issued a decree on Tuesday to deploy 9,000 soldiers in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area until Feb. 22, one week before Carnaval ends. That’s almost half the troops used during last year’s Olympic Games. The decision partly fulfills Rio de Janeiro Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao’s request to have troops police the entire state until March 5. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann told a news conference that soldiers are already on the streets. “This is pre-emptive,” Jungmann said, adding that security in the state was firmly under control and resources were sufficient. “We […] Read More →

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