Government launches federal intervention in Roraima

Venezuelan workers in Roraima hold signs asking for jobs.
President Michel Temer and cabinet members. Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

On Friday, president Michel Temer announced the launching of a federal intervention in the state of Roraima. Brazil’s northernmost state has faced strikes of public security officers, deep financial problems, prison riots, and growing tensions caused by the arrival of Venezuelan refugees.

Last month, Mr. Temer declared an intervention on Roraima’s security apparatus, similar to what has occurred in Rio de Janeiro since February. This time around, though, the intervention will spread to all government areas and requires prior approval from Congress and the National Defense Council.

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