Brazilian Military Takes Charge in Bahia

first_img Some 10,000 police officers, or one third of Bahia’s police force, were on strike, demanding a 50 percent pay raise, better work conditions, and no retaliation, the state Public Safety Department said. The average wage for a state officer is currently about US$ 867 a month. “The way in which this strike is being carried out is unacceptable,” Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said. Brazilian security forces took control in Bahia on February 5, patrolling key intersections in Salvador, the state capital, after a police strike led to a major increase in murders and violent crime. Crime fears were having a dire economic effect. Pedro Galvão, president of the Association of Travel Agencies of Bahia, told Brazil’s O Globo newspaper that 10 percent of tourists had already canceled their air and hotel reservations for the Carnival. Officials in the northeastern state said 76 murders were reported over the past five days, double the number for the same period last year. Assaults and store lootings also increased. “For the last two days I have not left my apartment,” Italian businessman Marco Baghin told reporters. “It made no sense to risk being attacked or robbed.” center_img Brazilian soldiers spread out in Salvador to prevent further violence, patrolling highways and the city’s renowned beaches. By Dialogo February 07, 2012 The strike and the spike in violence came just two weeks before millions of tourists were expected to arrive for Brazil’s premier tourist event, the Carnival. Bahia, with a population of 13.6 million, is a main Carnival center. A force of 2,600 Army, Navy and Federal Police was ordered to Brazil’s fourth most populous state after local police went on strike on February 3, demanding higher pay, weeks before the annual Carnival. last_img read more

Trump selling Caribbean estate for US$22 million

first_imgTrump selling this lavish estate for $28 million United States President Donald Trump, is selling his Caribbean estate for a whopping $28 million.Trump bought Le Chateau des Palmiers – a walled compound on the north-western tip of French St. Martin for a rumoured £15 million pounds in 2013.After using it mainly as a rental property, he’s put it up for sale.In a brochure for the property, he tells prospective buyers, “Greetings from Donald J. Trump. Escape to a place no other.”The lavish five-acre estate on St. Martin’s Plum Bay includes two villas, one five-bedroom and another four-bedroom and several other buildings.In total, the compound contains 11 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms.The larger villa has a two-story master bedroom with a Jacuzzi bath tub and two private balconies.The smaller villa has several themed bedrooms, including the “Jungle Room” with a king-size bed.The whole property is enclosed by an eight-foot boundary wall.last_img read more