Brazilian Army Called in to Protect Vitória in Espírito Santo

Violence in the state capital of Vitória has skyrocketed since Friday after families of military police officers blocked police station entrances.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Two hundred federal army troops are patrolling the streets of Espírito Santo’s capital, Vitória, since Monday night after at least 65 violent deaths were reported over the weekend. The crime wave started on Friday after police stopped work because of a pay dispute.

Since Friday the families of military police officers have blocked police stations not allowing officers to leave for patrol. The families are protesting for better wages and since by law the military cannot Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?