More than 1,000 officers took to the streets in three districts of Rio de Janiero on Tuesday to combat a wave of gang violence that has hit the city since early Monday morning.
The extra officers left their desk jobs to stop gangs who have been blockading roads, robbing motorists, and burning cars around the city in a challenge to police authority, as reported by AP. Authorities say the gangs are retaliating against the pacification program, which drove criminal activity out of slum neighborhoods.
Rio de Janeiro Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame said the police will not give up the fight, even if it means redoubling their efforts, as reported by O Globo. There’s also evidence that two criminal factions are uniting in the attacks.
Civil and military police arrested at least eight people in sting operations in city slums on Tuesday. Police are also searching for a truck with over 1,300 pounds of stolen dynamite that officials fear will be used against authorities and monuments in the city, according to O Globo.
Police aim to improve the rule of law in Rio as the city prepares to host the next World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.