The government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) announced this Wednesday (1st) measures to try to face the public security crisis in Rio de Janeiro.
Lula said he will sign a decree for specific GLO (Guarantee of Law and Order), in ports and airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In these locations, military personnel from the Navy and Air Force will be employed, respectively, in an attempt to combat organized crime.
The military will operate in the ports of Itaguaí, Rio de Janeiro and Santos (SP), in addition to Santos Dumont and Guarulhos airports
Less than a week ago, the PT member had declared that there would be no GLO while he was president.
The measures were announced during an interview at Palácio do Planalto, with the presence of President Lula, ministers Flávio Dino (Justice) and José Múcio (Defense) and the commanders of the Armed Forces.
The announcement comes nine days after a series of attacks by militiamen, who set fire to at least 35 buses and a train in Rio de Janeiro. The coordinated action took place in reprisal for the death of Matheus da Silva Rezende, known as Faustão, one of the leaders of the largest militia in the state.
The attack was the largest ever recorded against public transport in Rio, causing several inconveniences for the population.
Also in October, three doctors were murdered after one of them was mistaken for a militiaman sworn to death by a rival group. One of them, Diego Ralf de Souza Bomfim, 35, is the brother of licensed federal deputy Sâmia Bomfim (PSOL-SP).
The city of Rio de Janeiro will host the Libertadores da América final on Saturday (4), which will be played between Fluminense and the Argentine team Boca Junior. The following day, the Enem (National High School Exam) will also be held.
This Tuesday (31), Minister Flávio Dino had already announced that the National Force and the Federal Highway Police would act in overt policing during the weekend of events.
Actions to face the public security crisis in Rio began to be discussed more intensely by the federal government following the actions of militiamen and the increase in violent crimes in the city.
Part of the debate on the plan was centered on the legal issue regarding the military’s actions in the capital of Rio de Janeiro. One day after the actions against public transport, Lula stated in his live internet broadcast, Conversa com o Presidente, that he wanted military personnel from the Navy and Air Force working in Ports and Airports, respectively, to combat organized crime.
The president, however, ruled out a more direct intervention from the beginning, decreeing the GLO. He has said that previous interventions have not had effective results.
During breakfast with journalists covering the Presidency of the Republic, Lula said he did not want to “military in a favela”.
“This week, I had a meeting with the three commanders of the Armed Forces and comrade [ministro da Defesa, José] Múcio to discuss his participation in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t want the Armed Forces, you know, in the favela, fighting with criminals. That is not the role of the armed forces. And, as long as I’m president, there’s no GLO,” he said.