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    Brazil's armed forces patrol Jacarezinho neighborhood. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 February 2018

“Nobody can exclude the relationship between the worsening of the security crisis and the weakening of the state," noted the Workers' Party.

Brazil's Workers' Party, or PT, has released an official statement calling the recent federal troop intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro “a dangerous step aimed at the consolidation and worsening the of a state of emergency in Brazil.” The document was signed by senator and PT president Gleisi Hoffman, as well as PT lawmakers Lindbergh Farias and Paulo Pimenta.

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“Nobody can exclude the relationship between the worsening of the security crisis and the weakening of the state, bankrupt due to a harsh fiscal adjustment promoted by the government of (Michel) Temer and intensified by the state government of MDB (Brazil Democratic Movement),” the statement said.

“The Workers Party's directorate and its delegates in the National Congress affirm that the coup government is not really worried about the security of the population, but only with its political survival.”

The statement went on to note that the measure was aimed at circumventing political obstacles such as the approving of Temer's “destructive” pension reform and his “extremely low popularity.”

The document concluded that the people of Brazil, “particularly the poorest of people, demand and deserve the responsible participation of the federal government as it relates to Public Security, implementing sound programs and efficient politics, but repudiates pyrotechnic measures of mere propogandistic effects.”

On Friday, Brazil's federal government summoned the army to take control of police forces in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The move was in response to increased violence and drug gangs who have “virtually taken over,” said Temer.

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