Brazil’s new President imposes zero-tolerance on crime and orders police and military “to shoot to kill”

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

1 January 2019

After record numbers of murders and robberies in Brazil, the country has stepped up the fight against criminal gangs.

The police force shall shoot to kill, and unpunished citizens will be allowed to carry weapons, Samhällsnytt reports.

The newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, has promised not to hold back on improving citizens’ security. Among other things, police officers and military personnel who shoot and kill armed criminals will not be punished.

There will also be an end to reduced penalties, and the age of criminal responsibility will be lowered, first to 17 years and later to 16 years.

On top of that Bolsonaro has promised to ease legal barriers for unpunished citizens who want to buy weapons to protect themselves and their families.

As well, about 120 snipers from the military will strengthen the police force in Rio de Janeiro. These skilled soldiers are said to be able to kill a person from as far away as 600 meters. The order will be to immediately eliminate, kill, armed criminals.

“Criminals who carry weapons do not care about the lives of others, they are ready to eliminate anyone crossing their path. It is a big problem, not only in Rio de Janeiro, but across the country”, says Rio de Janeiro’s new Governor Wilson Witzel.

With 55 percent of the votes, Bolsonaro was elected president in October. In connection with the election, he stated that police officers who shoot criminals dead will be protected from legal action. The President also said that police officers who shoot criminals should be awarded medals.

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