Weekly Report - 09 November 2023 (WR-23-45)

BRAZIL: Armed forces sent to assist anti-gang efforts in Rio

Public security concerns in Rio de Janeiro have been intensifying in recent weeks, pushing Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to deploy the armed forces to the south-eastern states of Rio and São Paulo, where powerful drug-trafficking organisations (DTOs) are based. Lula had previously been reluctant to sign a ‘Garantia da Lei e da Ordem’ (GLO) decree, the special presidential power that authorises a military intervention. Even though he signed the GLO on 1 November, Lula remains cautious about allowing army units to join the police raids in the DTO-controlled favelas of Rio de Janeiro city.

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