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Decree authorises use of Guarantee of Law and Order powers in Roraima

Document signed on Tuesday authorises armed forces to act with police power on state borders
published: Aug 29, 2018 02:36 PM last modified: Aug 29, 2018 02:36 PM
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A presidential decree signed on Tuesday (28 August) authorises the use of the Armed Forces with police powers on the borders and motorways of the state of Roraima. With the Guarantee Law and Order decree, the federal government can act to ensure the safety of Brazilians and Venezuelan immigrants in the region.

Valid until 12 September, the decree is part of a series of government measures to respond to the increased migratory flows caused by the Venezuelan crisis. "I have made the decision to complement the humanitarian actions that the federal government has been developing in the area for several months," said President Michel Temer.

The measures adopted include the construction of shelters and field hospitals, the sending of volunteer physicians and the acceleration of the resettlement of immigrants who come to Brazil in search of better living conditions.

Diplomatic measures

In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, the president also said that the federal government will push the international community to achieve a firm diplomatic solution for the severe crisis facing the neighbouring country. For Temer, the Venezuelan crisis has surpassed the context of domestic politics, and now affects all South American countries, "threatening the harmony of the whole continent”.