The death toll has reached over 120 confirmed deaths in Espirito Santo, a state in Brazil that has spiraled into complete chaos after ...
The death toll has reached over 120 confirmed deaths in Espirito Santo, a state in Brazil that has spiraled into complete chaos after police went on strike due to low wages. On Sunday morning, just hours after the strike, people began looting and pillaging stores, raping, and killing anyone caught on the streets. One video showed reporters being shot at in a live video, and another video shows three armed assailants hijacking a car at gunpoint. In the city of Vitoria, one of the most dangerous cities experiencing the wrath of the chaotic lawlessness in Espirito Santo, reported over 300 car hijackings in just two days, and reports suggest that nearly 3,000 people have been injured. As the lawless chaos ensues, which residents have compared to the movie "Purge", where all crime including murder, rape, and stealing is legal for 24 hours, the country of Brazil desperately tries to contain the issue. Over 2,500 troops have been sent in by Brazil, which the governor of Espirito Santo has said is "insufficient". The official death count is now 122, but Political Outsource estimates that number is much higher, likely at 170 and counting. Many bodies continue to turn up in dumpsters, found on the streets, or hidden in grass valleys or forests. As the lawless chaos ensues, police are still refusing to end the strike.
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|Chaos ensues as the death toll rises to over 120 people in Espirito Santo, Brazil.|
On Saturday, a week after the police first went on strike, police are now refusing to end the strike despite Brazil's pleading. Police strikes are illegal in Brazil, so in an attempt to disguise the strike in protest of low wages, police officers claimed their wives and family members were blocking the gates of police headquarters, preventing them from getting out. A few days later after the ridiculous claim, and over 100 deaths have been reported, a Brazilian court officially recognized the wives and family members outside police headquarters as protesters, and ordered them to cease immediately. Additionally, a judge called the exhibit an official "strike", and imposed a $27,000 fine on all police headquarters participating in it. Despite the courts harsh actions against the strike, no police have resumed work and protesters have not left. In a report from Yahoo! News, police are refusing to end the strike until wages are improved.
Now, Brazil is threatening to prosecute all police officers involved in the strike. President Michael Temer called the strike "illegal" and said, "The right to protest cannot take the Brazilian people hostage."
The federal government made a comment regarding Espirito Santo, saying they "will make every effort for Espirito Santo to return to normal as soon as possible."
The state of Rio, one of the larger areas in Brazil, has also experienced a minor strike from police. However, state security secretary called it "limited" and the state has only seen a small uptick of crime, saying it's nothing compared to the full-fledged violence in Espirito Santo. He also said they do not foresee the situation getting worse, but if things were to begin to spiral out of control, he would not hesitate to call in federal backup.
The government in Espirito Santo is working alongside the federal government in Brazil, now saying even the wives and family members could face harsh prosecution and conviction.
"We will not be weak," said Andre Garcia, state security secretary in Espirito Santo. "We will ensure that the rule of law is preserved."
In Espirito Santo, the 700 state police officers would be charged with rebellion if tried and convicted.
|Military police stand arm in arm during the continuing strike, a protest against low wages.|
An estimated total of over a million dollars in damages have been reported after people loot and raid stores, hospitals and schools, plundering everything in site and even some committing acts of rape. In an email from a Brazilian resident found in the middle of this chaos, they told Political Outsource that nearly all hospitals, schools, and public transportation has been suspended following the lawlessness chaos.
Political Outsource originally reported on this story February 5th, less than one week ago. In just two days, over 52 people were reported killed in the state of Espirito Santo of about three million. However, the city that is experiencing the most murder and crime is Vitoria, a population of just 211,000. Since the police have gone on strike, over 120 people have been reported killed, and thousands more desperately injured without any hospitals or public transportation available. In a city crippled by debt and poverty, this police strike may be the last straw until total anarchy breaks out.
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