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Brazil's lower house approves military intervention in Rio

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Brazilian marine search a resident during surprise operation in Kelson's slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (AP)


Brazil's lower house has approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's security forces amid a spike in violence.

The military took over last Friday, but the presidential decree still needs congressional approval. The Chamber of Deputies approved it late Monday and the Senate was scheduled to debate it yesterday.

Overnight, the armed forces and police spread out in a slum in northern Rio in the first major operation since the change in command.

Armoured vehicles rolled through the streets of the neighbourhood on Guanabara Bay, while boats patrolled the waters. Soldiers and police set up checkpoints and searched everyone leaving or entering during the morning commute.