Temer monitors Operation Security and Peace
President Michel Temer was in Rio de Janeiro for a meeting on the first phase of Operation Security and Peace, developed in coordination with federal forces. Authorised by presidential decree last Friday (28). The operation mobilises a total of 8,500 Armed Forces military personnel, 620 members of the National Security Force and 1,100 Federal Highway Police officers for operations in the streets and express ways of Rio.
“I have received a very detailed, very thorough account of what is being done, and the first conclusion reached is that the crime rate has already decreased in these two or three days," said the president during a statement on Sunday (30) afternoon.
According to Temer, the actions in the operation were carefully planned by the federal and state governments. "Over the last five, six months, we have been doing meetings in Brasília, always with great discretion, dealing precisely with the issue of public safety here in the state and city of Rio de Janeiro," he said.
During the meeting in the East Military Command, Temer explained that Operation Security and Peace will take place in several phases and that the next stage will comprise "more direct combat" to criminal organisations and arms trafficking. At the time, he added that the measure, which is expected to last until December 31, 2017, may be extended.
“In my decree, signed on Friday, I have stated, for fiscal year reasons, that this operation will take place until December 31, 2017. But nothing will prevent us from renewing this decree at the beginning of next year to bring it into force until the end of 2018,” he said.
In addition to the president, the meeting was attended by Rio state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão; Chamber of Deputies chairman Rodrigo Maia; Justice and Public Security Minister Torquato Jardim; Defence Minister Raul Jungmann; General Secretariat of the Presidency Chief Minister Moreira Franco; and Rio mayor Marcelo Crivella.
After the meeting, Michel Temer flew over the areas covered by the military operation in the metropolitan region of Rio.