Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Army sent in: Brazil’s pres­i­dent has put the army in charge of se­cu­rity in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in re­sponse to a rise in street crime and deadly gang vi­o­lence. Ear­lier this month, Rio’s car­ni­val was marred by street rob­beries, loot­ing and gun­fights in which three po­lice of­fi­cers were killed – prompt­ing the state gov­er­nor to ap­peal to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for mil­i­tary help. “I am tak­ing these ex­treme mea­sures be­cause cir­cum­stances de­mand it,” said Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer, who likened gang vi­o­lence to a “can­cer”, and con­ceded that or­gan­ised crim­i­nals had all but seized con­trol of Rio state. Se­cu­rity in Rio is now in the hands of Gen­eral Wal­ter Souza Braga Netto, who over­saw se­cu­rity at the Rio Olympics.

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