Brazil’s public safety depends on its Armed Forces

On December 30, General Eduardo Villas Bôas, who commands the Brazilian Army, said on Twitter that he is worried about the “constant employ of army interventions” in Brazilian states. This wasn’t an overstatement. Unable to ensure an efficient public safety system, Brazilian states have relied on the country’s Armed Forces to help fill a role not properly satisfied by the police. According to a study published by Estadão, the number of operations involving the military has tripled since 1990.

On the same day Villas Bôas asked for more actions to curb crime rates, the governor of Rio Grande…

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