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Civil Police in Espírito Santo Sets Deadline for Governor to Meet Demands and Avoid a Strike

02/10/2017 - 11h00

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CAROLINA LINHARES
SPECIAL ENVOY TO VITÓRIA

On Thursday (the 9th), the Civil Police union in Espírito Santo decided to set a two-week deadline for the governor to meet their demands before going on strike.

"We have decided to respect the people of Espírito Santo, who have had to put up with a lot of violence.

That is why we set a deadline", union leader Jorge Emílio told Folha. The plan is to negotiate with the governor during the coming days.

The main demands include higher salaries - according to Emílio, employees haven't had a standard of living adjustment in three years - and requiring Civil Police agents to have a college degree before joining.

Even though Espírito Santos' streets are being patrolled by both the National Guard and the Brazilian Army, the number of casualties ever since the Military Police decided to go on strike went over 100 on Thursday (the 9th).

According to the Civil Police union, there have been 113 murders since last Friday (3rd). The governor's office has yet to confirm these numbers.

1200 troops (from both the Army and the National Guard) have been deployed to the state since Monday (6th).

The strike, which has kept police officers off the streets of Espírito Santo, has seriously disrupted residents' day-to-day activities, such as grocery shopping, buying gas and going to the bank. Governor Paulo Hartung (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) called the strike blackmail.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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