Brazil president announces intervention in Roraima state

December 8, 2018
Brazil's President Michel Temer arrives for a breakfast with foreign correspondents in the presidential residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Temer says he is not "the least bit worried" about corruption charges against him that could lead to jail time after he leaves office on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Michel Temer has announced a federal intervention in a northern state which has received an influx of Venezuelan refugees and been wracked by a security crisis.

Temer did not say what the “negotiated” intervention in Roraima state would entail.

The state has been the scene of an intense battle between criminal organizations for territory and influence. It has also been the major entry point into Brazil for Venezuelans fleeing political and economic turmoil in their homeland.

Earlier in the week, state police and prison officers protested a two-month delay in salary payments.

Temer said the government wants to pacify Roraima.

He said: “I spoke with the governor and the only hypothesis to solve the salary problem would be to decree the intervention until the new governor assumes office.”

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