Federal intervention did not solve security problems in Rio, according to an NGO

The federal intervention in the security of Rio de Janeiro, which left the control of public order in the hands of the Armed Forces and will conclude on the 31st of this month, did not resolve "the structural problems" of the region in that area, according to a report from an NGO released today.

The study indicates that in the almost ten months of intervention, decreed by the Government, the authorities reaffirmed "the strategy of armed confrontations, expenses concentrated in large operations and the absence of a structural reform of the security policy".

According to data from the Rio Public Security Institute, collected in the report, the number of shootings grew 56% in the last ten months, deaths from police actions increased by 40% and homicides "barely" decreased by 5%. ,5 %.

It also highlights that during the intervention, which will end on December 31, 103 security agents have died.

The balance was prepared by the Observatory of the Intervention of the Center of Studies of Security and Citizenship of the Cándido Mendes University, formed by a group of independent specialists.

"The federal intervention, commanded by the Armed Forces, did not solve the structural problems of Public Security of Rio" and "some were aggravated", says the text.

On the other hand, street robberies rose by 3.9%, while freight rates decreased by 14.4% between February and December compared to the same period of 2017.

The president-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who will be inaugurated on January 1, has already announced that he will not extend the federal intervention in Rio.

The state of Rio de Janeiro faces a serious security crisis that broke out after the 2016 Olympic Games and reached its peak in 2018.

Given the increase in violence, the current Brazilian president, Michel Temer, decreed on February 16 a federal intervention in the security area of ​​Rio, which gave control of public order to the Armed Forces.


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