Brazil deploys troops to stop violence in Fortaleza latest vanguard news

Brazil deploys troops to stop violence in Fortaleza latest vanguard news ,  About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said.

Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses.

The justice ministry ordered the special deployment after dozens of attacks this week. Mr Bolsonaro reportedly praised Justice Minister Sergio Moro’s decision to send in troops as “apt, rapid and effective”.

The attacks are a protest against new, tougher measures in local prisons, largely controlled by criminal gangs.

Prison authorities in the state have blocked mobile phone signals inside jails Security videos aired on Brazilian.

Television show the gangs setting fire to service stations. Security videos aired on Brazilian television show the gangs setting fire to service stations.

Mr Bolsonaro, 63, won the presidential election by a wide margin against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party on 28 October.

In his inauguration speech the president pledged support for the military and police, saying: “The national motto is

order and progress. No society can develop without respecting these.” He retains close links to the armed forces.

Before becoming a politician, Mr Bolsonaro served in Brazil’s military, where he was a paratrooper and rose to the rank of captain.

In an apparent reference to gun control, he said: “Good citizens deserve the means to defend themselves ,

According to World Prison Brief, Brazil has more than 700,000 people behind bars – the third-highest prison

population worldwide after the US and China .

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