April 1, 2023

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Wave of criminal attacks in Brazil: At least 14 northwestern cities hit by shootings and fires

A firefighter stands at the scene of a public service bus fire in Barnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte state (Brazil), this March 4, 2023 (EFE / Ney Douglas)

At the very least 14 cities of the state Great North RiverIn Brazil’s northeast, shootings and fires broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a series of attacks allegedly orchestrated by a criminal group.

And The suspect died According to the preliminary balance of Rio Grande do Norte’s Secretary of Public Security, nine more people have been arrested so far after clashes with police.

Between 00:00 and 02:00 local time on Tuesday, various acts of violence were recorded in at least 14 cities, including the regional capital. NatalGroups of vandals opened fire against the events of the military police.

In other municipalities of the state, etc Campo Redondo, Barnamirim, Thibau do Sul or Agari, School buses and private and official vehicles were torched, and there were reports of firing at offices of public bodies.

Brazilian authorities point to the so-called gang Crime SyndicateIt works in prisons and controls drug trafficking in the region.

Justice Minister Flavio Tino said on his social networks that he has contacted Rio Grande do Norte Governor Fatima Becerra to “accept the measures” this Tuesday (REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli)

Born out of discontent with Brazil’s largest criminal organization, the First Command of the Capital (PCC), the leadership of the unit is unhappy with the treatment its members receive in prisons, according to the regional secretary of public security. , Francisco Canindé, in Reports CNN Brazil.

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“The penal system is tough, there is no communication by phone, and they want this situation to be more flexible,” Caninde pointed out.

It can also be one of the causes of serious incidents Actions to fight crime have recently been launched, According to the Secretary.

On his part, the Justice Minister, Flavio DinoHe said on his social media that he is in contact with the governor of Rio Grande do Norte. Fatima Becerra“Adopt Actions” this Tuesday.

“Since the beginning, the Ministry of Justice has been in contact with the Government of Rio Grande do Norte to verify possible support, given the local crisis in public security,” Dino said on his official Twitter profile.

The regional security secretariat said in a note that it had been monitoring an “increase in criminal activity” since Monday night and had increased the number of police officers who were “mobilised” in the face of the possibility of new attacks.

(with information from EFE)

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