Brazil deploys troops vs criminals
RIO DE JANEIRO— Thousands of soldiers began patrolling Rio de Janeiro on Friday, amid a spike in violence in Brazil’s second largest city. The deployment of 8,500 soldiers, plus hundreds of police and highway patrol officers, is aimed at fighting organized crime gangs, which control many of the city’s hun- dreds of slums. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said patrols would soon start participating in operations against drug traffickers. That is a break from previous duties that were limited to patrolling, manning checkpoints and recovering caches of weapons seized during police raids. The operation is scheduled to run until the end of 2018. Some troops began deploying in the afternoon, with trucks full of soldiers seen rolling over bridges and expressways.