The vice president of Brazil, Hamilton Mourao, visited the city of Pacaraima (north) on Thursday to calm the tension in the region of the border with Venezuela after several days of protests over the increase in violence in the region.
Mourao held several meetings behind closed doors in Pacaraima to assess the reception operation of Venezuelans arriving in Brazil fleeing the political and social crisis of their country, amid growing discontent of the citizens of Pacaraima after the rape of a girl when he was on his way to school, supposedly by a Venezuelan citizen.
The event generated protests in the town, but the situation regained normality in the last 48 hours, amid tense calm.
“(The Brazilian authorities) are not asking for the criminal records of the Venezuelan people. They are receiving everyone who comes (…) Here they arrive and are already citizens,” Brazilian Jose Ribamar da Silva, 54, told Efe years and who lives for 39 in Pacaraima.
According to Efe, militarized police, federal and army agents walk the streets of the city and conduct rigorous inspections on cars trying to cross the border.
Ribamar, however, is skeptical that the visit of politicians will “change something”, because the “civilian population is not allowed to meet” with Mourao to express their “problems.”
“There was a commission from (the capital) Boa Vista, who apologized to the population and vacated the streets. They said things were going to improve, they would put more police, an intelligence service, but it’s pure armor,” he said. .
According to MP Telmário Mota, the region is “at war” because it has experienced a notable increase in the number of thefts, robberies and murders.
“Roraima is at the bottom of the well. It is a receptive town, it is a friendly, welcoming town, but there is nothing more to do, because thousands and thousands of people arrive every day,” Mota said, in statements collected by the Senate Agency .
In Pacaraima alone, the daily influx of citizens from the neighboring country in January was 432 entries and 122 departures per day, according to a report from Operation Reception published this week.