Brazilian President Michel Temer has authorized the deployment of federal troops to the state of Roraima to reinforce security. The announcement this week follows a confrontation between Brazilians and Venezuelans in the Brazilian border city of Pacaraima (The Rio Times).
“Homicides have jumped in the [Roraima] area and riots have broken out between locals and Venezuelan migrants,” reported Deutsche Welle media company.
After a Brazilian merchant was beaten in an attack blamed on Venezuelans, locals assaulted groups of foreigners and set fire to a refugee camp (The Rio Times).
“I have taken the decision to complement the humanitarian actions that the federal government has been promoting for several months,” said Temer in a statement.
The troops will remain in the state until September 12. It’s unclear how many soldiers will be deployed to the border area.
South American and other Latin American countries have been increasingly affected by the humanitarian crisis caused by millions of Venezuelans fleeing their country in the wake of an economic collapse that’s led to shortages of food, medical supplies and other essentials.
“There are more than a million Venezuelans in Colombia, more than half a million in Ecuador, more than 400,000 in Peru and some 60,000 in Brazil,” according to the BBC.