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Federal troops restore calm in Brazil’s Vitoria
February 8, 2017, 3:54 pm

The violence and disorder broke out when local police went on strike [Xinhua]

The deployment of 1,200 troops has restored order in the city of Vitoria in Brazil’s southeastern state of Espirito Santo after a security vacuum enabled a crime wave which killed dozens of people and left shops vandalized.

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

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