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Salvador, Brazil (NTN24) – Skirmishes broke out in the Brazilian city of Salvador on Monday (February 6) between the military and some 4,000 policemen who are on strike over pay and have occupied the city’s Legislative Assembly with their families, who include pregnant women and children.
In response, Brazil has deployed 3,500 soldiers in an attempt to bring order to the city following five days of the strike that has sparked a wave of lawlessness and seen Salvador’s murder rate more than double, authorities said.
The Governor of Bahia, Jaques Wagner, said he was in talks to find and peaceful and negotiated way out of the standoff.
„At this time we are speaking with representatives of the government and the military as we try to find a way out through negotiations, which is what I am interested in,“ he said.
Authorities said at least 93 homicides have been registered in different neighbourhoods of Salvador since the state-wide police strike began on Tuesday, a 129 percent increase from the previous week.
The legislative assembly has now been surrounded by the military.