Crime is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro and, with the Brazilian police unable to curb the violence, the federal government took the drastic measure of putting the army in charge of security.
For some, it offers hope that crime and constant shootouts will be reduced. While others fear potential civil rights abuses. It’s a sensitive issue for Brazilians who lived under military rule until 1985.
CGTN’s Lucrecia Franco reports from Rio.
- Jose Roberto de Toledo is a journalist and the editor-at-Large with Piaui magazine.
- Hugo Tisaka is the executive director of NSA Brasil, a security consulting company.
- Antonio Sampaio is a research associate for security and development, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
- Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The Brazilian government has ordered the army to step in amid a surge in violent crime in Rio de Janeiro. How did violence spiral out of control in a city that hosted the Olympics less than two years ago? pic.twitter.com/sC7C5oqESH
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Brazilian army to take control of security in Rio as violence rises https://t.co/0xv4RXpvFS
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