Bad Times in Brazil
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While America is busy with our new President, it is easy to forget that the rest of the world is experiencing their own problems. More specifically, Brazil. This country received a lot of spotlight and tourism for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but now the country is in turmoil. North of Rio is the state of Espírito Santo where looting, killing, and rioting are rampant thanks to the lack of police officers. This deficiency is due to a police officer strike. Police officers and their families are asking for their pay to be doubled, some saying it hasn’t been raised a penny in 4 years. I does not help that Brazil just spent millions of dollars on the Olympics either. Now, with no police, killing and rioting are ripping through the streets. Brazil is already known for having a high rate of crime, but with no police around anymore the situation has gotten even worse. Brazil’s Army chief, General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bôas, said that he would reinforce the troops in Espírito Santo. It has been reported that 29 million dollars in damages to businesses have happened since the strike began. Hopefully the Carnival of Brazil can relive some of the tension in this stressed country in the coming months.