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Brazilian Police Arrest Faction Leaders Amid Wave of Attacks

09/08/2017 - 10h17

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JEFERSON BERTOLINI
FOLHA CONTRIBUTOR, IN FLORIANÓPOLIS

The Civil Police of Santa Catarina held a special operation on Thursday (7) to identify those responsible for the wave of attacks against buildings and public security agents in the state, which began last week.

A total of 47 arrest warrants were issued - 29 of which against criminals who were already in prison.

According to the Civil Police, the target was a "criminal faction responsible for the several attacks committed last week against agents and facilities of several public security bodies, the prison system and judiciary branch."

Although, formally, the Civil Police does not disclose the name of the group responsible for the attacks, police officers heard by Folha say that it is the PGC (First Santa Catarina's Group).

The group was created in 2003, inside the State's prison system. It operates in the streets and in prisons, according to the Public Prosecutor Office.

The attacks in Santa Catarina began on August 31. By Thursday, 53 occurrences were registered in 31 cities.

The police chief, Antônio Cláudio Joca, who led the operation, did not reveal the reasons behind the attacks.

He said only that "the financial basis" of the organization is drug trafficking - a crime that, according to him, is being fiercely fought over.

He stated the arrests "must stop or reduce" the wave of attacks.

"We have arrested [the organization's] leaders. We have broken their communications. This should make the attacks stop or at least reduce them," he said.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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The attacks in Santa Catarina began on August 31 and by Thursday, 53 occurrences were registered in 31 cities
The attacks in Santa Catarina began on August 31 and by Thursday, 53 occurrences were registered in 31 cities

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