Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Police Strike Ends

A police strike in Rio de Janeiro ended Monday just days before the city begins the world’s biggest Carnival celebration.

Strikers rallied on Copacabana beach to call for the release of jailed colleagues

A police strike in Rio de Janeiro ended Monday just days before the city begins the world’s biggest Carnival celebration. A similar strike ended in the northeastern state of Bahia on Saturday, after the homicide rate there doubled in its capital, Salvador, during the 12-day walkout. The Rio de Janeiro strike, though, never affected security in the city and the number of officers who adhered to it appeared relatively small. The strike began with a large rally in Rio’s center late Thursday, the same day the state legislature voted to give officers a 39 percent raise staggered over this year and the next — just half of what officers were seeking. Base pay for starting officers in the state of Rio is $964 per month. Fernando Bandeira, president of the police union Sinpol, said officers would pursue their grievances again once the five-day Carnival ended.