Brazil will use the army to tackle organized crime in the country. The Brazilian government started deploying soldiers to airports and ports in the country on Wednesday.
Image: Brazil’s military police in action
The police will be reinforced by the army in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, among others. This concerns a military mobilization that will last until May next year and could be extended. The Algemeen Dagblad wrote this online today.
It concerns “an integrated operation to combat organized crime,” according to Brazilian President Lula da Silva. “The situation has reached a very serious point. The violence we experience worsens every day,” Lula said.
The Brazilian police have been carrying out regular actions in the favelas against drug cartels for years, resulting in dozens of deaths.
An increasing flow of coke is shipped to Europe via Brazilian ports, among other places. This is evident from a recent UN study.