Po­lice re­turn to duty in vi­o­lence-torn state

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

A few dozen mil­i­tary po­lice re­turned to duty Satur­day in Espir­ito Santo, but it was un­clear whether the force as a whole was ready to end a week-long strike that has par­a­lyzed the south­east­ern Brazil­ian state and led to an out­burst of vi­o­lence in which more than 130 peo­ple have re­port­edly died.

The Espir­ito Santo Pub­lic Safety Depart­ment said in a state­ment late Satur­day that of­fi­cers were pa­trolling in the cen­ter of the state cap­i­tal, Vi­to­ria. It didn’t say how many had shown up for work, but a photo with the state­ment ap­peared to show at least a few dozen of­fi­cers.

The stand­off be­gan a week ago when fam­ily mem­bers of mil­i­tary po­lice sur­rounded their bar­racks. The pro­test­ers pre­vented ve­hi­cles from ex­it­ing, thus par­a­lyz­ing the force.

Be­cause the mil­i­tary po­lice, who pa­trol Brazil­ian cities, are for­bid­den to strike, rel­a­tives of the of­fi­cers took the lead.

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