Carnival in Brazil May Face Police Shortage

By: AP
By: AP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Officials say few police officers are
adhering to a strike just days before this city's world-famous
Carnival kicks off.

The administrative chief of staff of Rio de Janeiro state's police force tells reporters that the city's streets are "calm and the number of police officers that have joined the strike is very low."

Chief of staff Col. Robson Rodrigues da Silva didn't say how
many of the 58,000 police and firefighters had adhered to the
strike. Union officials have said that anywhere from 50 percent to
70 percent were expected to join.

The work stoppage started Friday despite legislative approval of
a 39 percent pay raise to be staggered over this year and the next.

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