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Wave of Violence Sweeps Santa Catarina

By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – Seven violent attacks were reported in the southern Brazil state of Santa Catarina on Monday night, as a wave of violence which has seen dozens of buses torched reached its seventh day. In total, 54 violent incidents have been reported in 18 cities statewide since January 30th, military police said.

Authorities have credited the upsurge of attacks – which have seen relatively few injuries – to a recent police crackdown on crime, particularly drug trafficking. They say that, as with a similar surge of violence in November last year, during which 68 violent . . .

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