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Security & Strategic Review - January 2019

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro: life after military intervention

Home to Brazil’s most emblematic city, the eponymous Rio de Janeiro state has become illustrative of the country’s public security problem, after an uptick in violence and organised crime led then-president Michel Temer (2016-1 January 2019) to put state security under the federal responsibility of the armed forces in February last year. The federal intervention, as it was known, came to an end on 31 December, coinciding with the swearing in of a new governor on 1 January, Wilson Witzel of the Partido Social Cristão (PSC). Witzel’s alignment with newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro’s stance on public security indicates that Rio de Janeiro state will likely be the country’s test site for some hard-line security policies.

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