100 killed after Brazil police go on strike, streets of death and chaos rule

February 10, 2017 | By | Reply More

Brazil’s Espirito Santo south-eastern state has turned over security duties to the army as it tries to solve crises erupted due to police strike that has led to a wave of violence and at least 100 deaths.

brazil policeHundred people have been killed and 200 lootings committed amid widespread turmoil, which has forced a shutdown of public services across Espirito Santo, since police left their posts in protest over low wages on Friday night, according to a police union.

The decree authorizing the transfer was published Wednesday in the state’s official gazette, as schools and businesses closed and public transportation was at a standstill.

Murders, deaths chaos and anarchy spurred by the strike, the strike badly dragged into the sixth day, continued in the coastal state to the north of Rio de Janeiro, despite 1,200 army soldiers taken charge of the broken city and federal police and the promise that more help was on its way.

The worst affected violence areas centered in the state capital, Vitória, a wealthy port city ringed by golden beaches, where mining and petroleum industries have a strong base.

State officialscon firmed that there is an urgent need of more troops and federal troops and members of an elite federal police force to help place law and order on track and make up for the 1,800 state police who normally patrol Vitória’s metropolitan area.

The provincial government has not released any official data on killings since police went on strike on Saturday for better pay, but a spokeswoman for the union representing police told Reuters early on Thursday it had registered 101 homicides since Saturday.

That would be more than six times the state’s average daily homicide rate compared with last year’s data.

The brazil media source, citing security officials, reported that 200 cars were stolen in Vitória on a single day, when the state average is 20.

The state’s retailers association said that businesses have lost 90m reais ($28.87m) since police walked out on the job.

The strike has been assisted by family and friends of officers who have blocked access to barracks and police stations. It comes as Espírito Santo, like many states racked by Brazil’s worst recession on record, struggles to ensure even basic health, education and security services.

Representatives of the striking police, including some of the officers’ wives, met with state officials on Wednesday night to demand that salaries be doubled for every category of officer. The union said they have not received a raise in four years.

The base monthly pay for an officer is 2,643 reais ($850), according to Corporal Thiago Bicalho, a spokesman for striking police.

“We are going to analyze the offer and see what we can do in reality to advance this situation,” said Julio Pompeu, director of the state’s human rights secretariat, who is helping the government negotiate with police.

The two sides are scheduled to meet again later on Thursday.

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