Brazil sends troops to northern city to stop gang violence

Theresa Obrien
January 9, 2019

In the letter, the Chinese president says that, since China and Brazil established their relations 44 years ago, "the ties between the two countries resisted the worldwide scenarios and developed in an integrated and deep manner".

So why were Bolsonaro's supporters chanting?

Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, came out swinging in his very first week in office, introducing changes to remake his country around his far-right agenda - but proving less ambitious than expected on economic reforms.

Sometimes called the "Trump of the tropics" for his blustery style and disdain of multilateral forums, he said in the same TV interview he was open to discussing the opening of a United States military base in Brazil.

The Agriculture Ministry will also oversee the demarcation of lands belonging to Quilombolas, ancestors of slaves who live in independent communities in Brazil. "We may conclude some agreements on this issue", Bolsonaro said in an interview.

With this decision, one that raised a huge storm in Brazil and sparked fears of environmental catastrophe, Bolsonaro also included an executive order that allows the Office of Secretary of State military General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Kruz to coordinate and monitor the activities and actions of global organizations and non-governmental organizations in the national territory. No deaths of bystanders have been reported.

While the motive behind the attacks is not confirmed, state authorities believe they are revenge for the recent announcement of tighter rules governing the state's prisons and inmates.

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Earlier yesterday, Bolsonaro stressed his desire for the quick passage of a bill to protect security officials and measures to open up competition in the banking sector.

Bolsonaro has vowed to crack down on Brazil's rampant crime by extending immunity to soldiers and police using lethal force and easing gun laws so "good" citizens can challenge armed criminals.

The primary country objecting to it is Iran, he said, and not Arab nations.

"The legislative, executive and judicial powers have to make this commitment urgently", he tweeted.

Police killed two suspects in a shootout. Bolsonaro argued it was necessary for people to defend themselves.

The opposition even before Bolsonaro's election raised other red flags over his decision not to allow some "liberal" journalists to attend his press conferences and public events.

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