Rio de Janeiro’s security intervention is a “smokescreen” for government agendas, warn opposition politicians. The intervention, which was announced in the early hours of Friday, February 16, will see national armed forces on the streets of Brazil’s most famous city through the end of 2018. For the first time since Brazil declared its 1988 Constitution, policing in the city will fall under the control of the army.
Politicians closely aligned with President Michel Temer’s government have clamored to defend the measure. Efraim Filho, Lower House leader of the Democrats party, believes that the decree’s necessity will mean that congressmen vote the measure through with ease. “It is in tune with what society thinks. Citizens need protection,” he told Correio Braziliense. “We cannot be held hostage to crime and drugs anymore.”