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103 dead due to crisis in the Brazilian State of Espirito Santo

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The crisis generated by the strike of the military police officers that from Saturday hits the state of the southeast of Brazil, Espirito Santo, raised today the number of deaths to 103, local media reported, reported Prensa Latina.

After six days of a police strike, the spiral of assassinations, looting, and robbery continues to increase despite the army taking over security.
The outbreak of violent acts occurred on Saturday after the start of the strike of the military police for labor claims, salary improvement and increased payment of benefits, among other demands.

Defense Minister Raúl Jungmann told National state radio on Thursday that the presence of the Armed Forces in Espiritu Santo 'will continue as long as necessary and until the population can return to live normally.'

By its part, President Michel Temer authorized to expand the military contingent with 550 federal troops that join the 1 200 officers that arrived this week to the state near Rio de Janeiro.
The police officers reported through their wives that they continue striking, which was confirmed to those who represent them in the negotiation before the state authorities with whom they met for more than two hours.

That climate of dissatisfaction is felt in other provinces such as Rio de Janeiro, where police officers' wives anticipated this week that they will go on strike next Friday.
And as an 'anti-bump' measure against the risk of a police strike, Rio de Janeiro's governor Luiz Fernando Pezao met with the security cabinet and agreed to a 10 percent wage increase for security forces.

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The military police strike in Brazil’s Southeastern state of Espírito Santo (ES) started on Friday, reported plus55.
The family members of police members blocked police cars from patrolling the streets in at least 30 cities. Protestors stood in the place of actual police officers, who aren’t allowed by the Military Penal Code to strike or paralize police services. The strike calls for a salary readjustment and additional payment of benefits. In addition to payment for food, the strikers are asking for extra pay for night patrols.

Without its police force, a wave of violence hit the state capital region of Vitória over the weekend. Over three days, 52 homicides were registered. Locals posted videos and photos of violence in the streets on social media with the hashtag #PrayForEspiritoSanto. One user posted, “Innocent people are dying, beat up in the street. Shootings everywhere. Its chao here #PrayForEspiritoSanto”.

As a result of the violence, President Michel Temer has petitioned to send the national Armed Forces on Monday to help police the city’s streets. Also on Monday, Coronel Laércio Oliveira left the command of the ES military police. Oliveira’s replacement, Newton Rodrigues, will take on the task of negotiating with the strikers to get police back on the streets.
The ES State Court pronounced the strike illegal for putting public order and safety at risk. The judge also determined a fine of over $32,000 if the military police associations do not comply.

State debt
Espírito Santo is one of the many Brazilian states facing massive debt. Instead of asking the federal government to help out with public servants’ salaries, the state government simply decided to enforce salary and job cuts. In fact, the state hasn’t seen salary increases in two years, allowing it to close 2015 with a budget surplus.
While public spending functionaries is at 53.5 percent, over the legal limit of 49 percent, the state’s liquid debt remains at 25.2 percent (well within the legal limit of 200 percent).

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