Espirito Santo Police Strike Over Minimum Wage

Espirito Santo Police Strike Over Minimum Wage

On February 4th, the Brazilian Espirito Santo state police began a strike, leaving the entire state without security. Rioting, looting, and violent crimes soon began. After over a week of striking, around 150 people have been murdered in the state’s capital, Vitoria. Throughout this week, public transportation, businesses, clinics, banks, and schools have remained closed. The national army was called to intervene and sent a total of 3000 troops to protect the state. However, locals believe sending the army will not sufficiently quell the violence; the army has no clear strategy and does not know its way around the city.

Experts have considered the strike another consequence of Brazil’s ongoing economic recession. Beginning in 2014, this recession has caused political instability and revealed corruption within the Brazilian government. Estimates indicate that the Brazilian economy had shrunk around 4.5 percent by the end of 2015. President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016 based on corruption charges related to the state-owned oil company, Petrobras. Vice President Michel Temer assumed power and will serve until 2018. This recession has forced the federal and state governments to reduce public spending, much to the anger of Brazilian citizens.

Espirito Santo’s state police protested before the strike to improve working conditions and to increase their minimum wage, currently at about 2700 reals (around $870 USD) per month. This salary has not increased in four years, ranking Espirito Santo’s minimum wage as the lowest amongst police forces across the nation. Police officers are prohibited by law to strike, yet most of the state’s police force has participated in the strike. Amidst the chaos, the state sued over 700 police officers for striking and asked the federal government for assistance. These protests soon spread to several other states with budget-crises, such as Rio de Janeiro, albeit to a lesser extent. Astonished by the widespread violence, over a thousand police officers have ended their strike and restarted working. The federal government has assured Espirito Santo that they can keep the army troops in Espirito Santo as long as necessary, and despite citizens’ concerns, the chaos is slowly receding as basic services gradually reopen for the public.

Astonished by the widespread violence, over a thousand police officers have ended their strike and restarted working. The federal government has assured Espirito Santo that they can keep the army troops in Espirito Santo as long as necessary, and despite citizens’ concerns, the chaos is slowly receding as basic services gradually reopen for the public.



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  • As far is concerned, in the social stratification of societal classes these revolutionary situation in Brazil is the most worrisome for the elites in whichever country that such of awakening occurs. However, from the perspective of outsiders this might seems as a revolution but what is it that which awaken the masses and how long it takes a society to react and understand austerity or recognize when the government is using and abusing his authoritative power which by the way was given by his own citizens. At the same time, when that social awakening occurs is not understood by the elites in that same society because they can’t relate to the sufferings of lower classes and that is very common and to certain point also logical because if you don’t see what is happening to me how can understand my pain? Nonetheless, the same phenomenon happens when outsiders see the violence and mayhem in their tv. sets because just like the old saying said, ” nobody knows what is inside the cauldron but the spoon who stirred” and this old piece of wisdom never fails to be correct in such of scenarios. Moreover, that is to say that only the people in that society who belongs to the poor class can really comprehend the reason for their own violence and revolution is just the wrong interpretation of their by the outsiders. However, when the words and vote has failed to produce positive results it is because other nations have had intervene in their political affairs but sometimes with benevolent intentions and others with inclement vengeance because how those societies have worsen in their circumstances is not accidental but intentional. Indeed,, intervening in other countries political affairs it is the bussines of the commission of foreign relation and is our motto conducting bussines abroad. However, don’t tell it to the Brazilians because they will never understand the reasons behind our government foreign policies and for that matter not even the United States citizens. Furthermore, that doesn’t mean that all the American people agree with such policies. Our government personal reasons is not tje will of the people but that of the under-government of the U.S. which is the not the most nefarious if it wasn’t for the CIA. Moreover, those societies have to become rebellious and combatant against their government but only because our underground government has given them a big push to explode wich belligerent actions. In fact we surely have something to with it but not only we pretend to know the real reasons behind those political fiascos but it is the modus operandi in how our government justify his nefarious actions in front of the American people. In all and all, we can exclaim, “only in America!” just like (Don King, boxing promoter) but only Mr. King knows why he exclaim in that matter (mental conditioning thru supremacist perspective dogma) or inculcated ethnocentric views; and with that line we can conclude that our foreign policies affairs are conducted in a schizophrenic and paranoid matter because in fact we are just repeating the past craziness of other nations of catching air in hands. Indeed, we the ones who know the truth are pretending that we don’t understand, and those that don’t know they follow the government line pretending to know the truth too, but in reality even them can understand lies.

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