Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Missionary Moments

Dear leaders and parents,

Due to a general military police strike in the Greater Victoria area, some commercial establishments have not opened due to security issues, including some lan houses and libraries, so some of you are not receiving emails from your children.

But we would like to inform you that all missionaries are safe, and that they have been given a guideline to go home before dark, to avoid staying on the street at night. We also recommend that missionaries avoid centers where demonstrations are taking place and not catch buses at dusk. We will maintain this guideline until the normalization of security here in the state of Espirito Santo.

Sister Young and I are grateful for your wonderful sons and daughters.


David E. Young
Brazil Vitoria Mission

BBC News: Two hundred federal officers in Brazil are being deployed to the city of Vitoria, in the eastern state of Espirito Santo, where police went on strike on Saturday over pay.

There have been 51 murders in Greater Vitoria since Saturday, compared with four in January, the police union says.

Schools remained closed on Monday and local football matches were also postponed due to the spike in violence.

Officials said they would sit down for talks but only once the strike ended.

Relatives of the striking officers have been demonstrating in front of police stations as the officers themselves are barred from protesting.

They are demanding better pay for military police officers, including additional pay for night work and danger money.

The officers stopped patrolling the streets of the city on Saturday morning.

The commander of the force has been sacked and a new commander has been tasked with "restoring order and discipline", Espirito Santo security chief Andre Garcia said.

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