Police on strike leads to riots, armed robberies and tanks in the streets in Recife

In Recife, one of the World Cup’s host cities, a crime wave has been happening since the military police – responsible for urban security – went on strike.

Tanks in Recife following police strike

As of today the strike officially ended, but the images are disturbing considering the city will host the World Cup in a few weeks.

Armed robbery of a car in Recife in broad daylight following police strike.
Armed robbery of a car in Recife in broad daylight following police strike.

With almost no security at all, bandits have been robbing, assaulting and executing “arrastões”,  collective robbery, in most neighborhoods of the city.

The government was forced to send troops of the National Guard to secure Recife, one of the country’s biggest cities. Classes have been canceled at schools and universities, and commerce had to close theirs doors earlier than usual.

Tanks line the streets next to the beach in Recife with the police on strike
Tanks line the streets next to the beach in Recife with the police on strike
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