Brazil de­ploys troops vs crim­i­nals

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

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.

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