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Law and order broke down as the city fell to criminals and gangs following a strike by local police over wages.
Local police stopped patrolling Vitoria on Saturday and the city quickly plunged into chaos.
By Wednesday most shops and commercial centers were still closed, although buses were operating until an undeclared night curfew.
Three weeks ago, the federal government ordered the military to be used to help police search prisons in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte for cellphones, drugs and weapons but not directly engage the inmates.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies