Thousands flee due to crisis, Brazil deploys army to Venezuela border

As thousands of refugees fleeing the economic collapse in neighboring Venezuela, Brazil has moved troops to its northern border.


Brazilian president Michel Temer, announced the military would be deployed in the state of Roraimato restore order in the growing crisis.

Due to hyperinflation and food shortages in their home nation, thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border as they seek refuge in Brazil and other countries.

But, the circumstance has also provoked distress and new information from violence monitors demonstrates Roraima currently has the highest murder rate in the country.

For as long as three years, the state, in the same way as other territories in Brazil, has been a battleground for criminal organizations warring over territory.

It is currently also a major entry point for Venezuelans escaping turmoil in their country and the two issues consolidated and the two issues consolidated

“What we see is that there is a clear feeling of the fragility of local institutions to deal with the fear of people, who are starting to think the state has no rule of law,” said Bruno Paes Manso, a researcher with the Centre for Violence Studies at the University of Sao Paulo.

“This leads people to defend themselves. You have this perception: people are arriving from every corner, crime dominates, and homicides multiply in these contexts.”

In a short broadcast address reporting troops would be conveyed to Roraima, Mr Temer described the plight of ordinary Venezuelans as a “tragic situation” that now affected much of South America.

He said Brazil was already offering medicinal help and other aid to those crossing the board in order to “minimise the impact of the humanitarian disaster caused by the Venezuelan government.”

“The migration to Roraima is the result of the terrible living conditions to which the Venezuelan people are subjected,” he added.

“We will seek support in the international community for the adoption of firm diplomatic measures to solve this problem, which is no longer a country’s internal policy, but has advanced across the border of several countries and threatens the harmony of our entire continent.”

After residents of a border town attacked Venezuelans and set fire to their belongings earlier this month, the government decided to deploy an elite military-style police force.

Mr Temer did not say how many troops he would send but in the latest decree the army put onto the streets in Roraima starting from Wednesday and lasting until at least 12 September.

The UN estimates, since an economic crisis, more than 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country.

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