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A man carries a sign to throw in a barricade in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017. More than 1,000 army troops patrolled the streets of the southeastern Brazilian city of Vitoria amid a crime wave that left at least 70 people dead over two days, authorities said. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

More than 100 people have been killed in Brazil during a police strike


A police strike in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo has gone on for six days. In the meantime, more than 100 people have been reported killed, Reuters reports

About 1,200 soldiers and federal police have been deployed, but anarchy continues to rule in the state, particularly the wealthy capital of Vitoria. The state normally has 1,800 police patrolling the Vitoria metropolitan area. 

By the numbers:

  • With 101 homicides reported since Saturday, that's more than six times the state's average daily homicide rate
  • 200 cars were stolen in a single day. The state average is 20 per day
  • Businesses have lost roughly $29 million since the police strike began 

Here are some photos of the chaos resulting from the strike.

The base monthly pay for an officer in the area is roughly $848 per month. Striking officers seek to double their salaries, which have not been increased in four years.

This comes in the midst of Brazil's worst recession on record. 

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