|Sportstar Aces Awards 2023 | VOTE FOR TOP CATEGORIES

Crimes surge in Salvador as police strike

April 18, 2014 10:34 pm | Updated May 28, 2016 08:38 am IST - SAO PAULO

Authorities in Brazil say a police strike in the Northeastern state of Bahia has led to an upswing in lootings of stores, car robberies and murders.

State Public Safety Department spokesman Erival Guimaraes said on Thursday there were 39 murders in less than two days, most in the capital city of Salvador that will host six of the World Cup matches starting in June.

Bahia’s governor Jaques Wagner says the federal government deployed 5,000 soldiers and elite federal police troops to the nation’s third-largest city. Eighty percent of the total 30,000-police force went on strike, which ended on Thursday.

The latest government figures show Bahia is the Brazilian state with the highest number of murder victims, reporting an average of 15 a day.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.