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Brazil to send military police to state amid wave of attacks

07 January 2019
Brazil to send military police to state amid wave of attacks

Last December, Maduro denounced that the US Security Advisor, John Bolton, assigned missions to Bolsonaro to initiate "military provocations" in the southern border of Venezuela.

"We may conclude some agreements on this issue", Bolsonaro said in an interview.

Before becoming a politician, Mr Bolsonaro served in Brazil's military, where he was a paratrooper and rose to the rank of captain.

Bolsonaro already appears to be toning down some of his bold calls made during the election campaign.

Bolsonaro's national security adviser, retired Army General Augusto Heleno, confirmed earlier on Thursday that the president wants to move Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but that logistical considerations were standing in the way. "Brazil has American technology to monitor borders and could obtain new technologies", Da Silva told The Associated Press.

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Brazil this week when he attended Bolsonaro's inauguration.

With the start of the new year, Brazil is about to witness a slew of changes in both the government and civic society.

The attacks have caused panic in the population of Fortaleza, Brazil's fifth largest city.

The government has ordered military police sent to a violent north-eastern state following a wave of attacks on banks, public buildings and vehicles over the past two days.

Authorities have said the attacks were ordered by organized crime groups in retaliation for plans to impose tighter controls in the state's prisons.

Much of that task falls to his justice minister, Sergio Moro, a former star judge who headed up Operation Car Wash, an investigation into Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal.

At TeleSUREnglish, Ignacio Limas reported that there is speculation in Brazil "that the restructuring of the pension system may take the shape of the Chilean retirement system", which is heralded by conservatives in the US but has been blamed for helping to usher in some of the worst wealth inequality in the developed world. Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms.

Iran has not been the only country firmly opposing the US-led embassy move to the occupied al-Quds as many Muslim and non-Muslim countries have officially or informally expressed opposition to the move amid many protest rallies in different countries against Washington's anti-Palestinian measure.