Standoff continues between Brazil troops, police

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Striking police officers in Brazil's third-largest city are refusing to leave a legislature building they've occupied for a week.

That's despite the 1,000 soldiers and federal police surrounding them in the city of Salvador.

The officers are demanding a pay raise. The state government says it can't afford it.

The action has left the city of 2.7 million people on edge just two weeks before it is set to host a huge, lucrative Carnival celebration.

In the first days of the weeklong strike, Salvador's homicide rate doubled. But violence has fallen since 2,000 troops started patrolling city streets on Sunday.

There have been about 100 murders since the strike began a week ago.


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