Brazil sends reinforcements to the state of Ceará after a riot of militarized police

Brazil on Thursday sent National Force agents to the state of Ceará (northeast) to strengthen security in the region in the midst of a riot of policemen who left a Brazilian senator shot wounded the day before.

Around 300 agents of the National Security Force will be deployed in different cities of Ceará, where various battalions of the Military Police have crossed their arms to demand a salary increase.

The protests began Tuesday afternoon, when several masked and masked people - supposedly agents - invaded police headquarters in different cities of the state, including Fortaleza, where the wheels of the official cars were punctured.

The most tense episode took place the day before in the town of Sobral, a city located 270 kilometers inside Fortaleza, where hooded policemen ordered merchants to close their businesses and blocked an access to a battalion of the municipality.

There, the Brazilian senator Cid Gomes, 56, and brother of former Labor presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, attempted to cross the barrier created by the agents with a backhoe he himself was driving and was injured when he received two gunshots.

Gomes, of the Labor Democratic Party (PDT) and who had requested an excess of his position as senator, left the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday and evolves favorably, according to a statement from the Heart Hospital, where he was admitted.

After the event, Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said that Gomes did not have "a minimum of intelligence" to deal with the Police during the stoppage.

His statements were answered by former candidate Ciro Gomes, who charged against the Bolsonaro family and said they will not allow paramilitary groups to control the state of Ceará, as is the case in Rio de Janeiro.

"Deputy #EduardoBolsonaro, it will be necessary for us to be killed before allowing the militias to control the state of Ceará as his family's scoundrels did with Rio de Janeiro," Ciro Gomes said on social media.

The Government of Ceará, in the hands of the progressive Workers Party (PT), resumed early Thursday this Thursday the control of the third battalion of the Sobral Military Police, although at least four others remain closed in the towns of Fortaleza and Caucaia.

Militarized police officers, who in Brazil have military status, are constitutionally prohibited from striking, a decision that was ratified in 2017 by the Supreme Court, the country's highest court.


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