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President Temer Wants to Keep Army in Rio de Janeiro Until End of 2018

07/31/2017 - 09h33

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LUCAS VETTORAZZO
FROM RIO

On Sunday, July 30, during a visit to Rio de Janeiro, President Michel Temer said he intends to extend the authorization for the country's Armed Forces to work for the state's public security until the end of 2018.

The document that allows the presence of military troops in the streets expires at the end of this year. However, President Temer says that the expiration date was only due to a budget issue.

"In the decree signed on Friday, July 28, I set the date because of the fiscal year, and so the document will expire on December 31, 2017, but we could renew the contact at the beginning of the next year, and thus extend it until the end of 2018," Temer said in a speech at the headquarters of Comando Militar do Leste, which is coordinating the military actions in Rio de Janeiro.

President Temer flew over the areas of the state that will receive the federal troops, such as the central region of Rio and Baixada Fluminense, in the suburbs.

Since Friday, July 28, 10,000 men of the Armed Forces, Federal Road Police and the National Security Force have reinforced security in the state. At first, heavily armed troops with war tanks drew attention as they ostensibly occupied the streets.

The idea is to end the first part of the operation and begin to act along with the police in operations to fight organized crime - the goal is to reduce the amount of guns and drugs in the hands of criminal gangs.

President Temer also said that the state's authorities had told him that in three days of operations the number of cargo thefts declined in Rio de Janeiro.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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During a visit to Rio, Temer said he intends to extend the authorization for the Armed Forces to work for the state's public security until the end of 2018
During a visit to Rio, Temer said he intends to extend the authorization for the Armed Forces to work for the state's public security until the end of 2018

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