Police return to duty in violence-torn state
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.