Brazil sends 9,000 soldiers to Rio amid security crisis

Brazil’s President Michel Temer adjusts his microphones during a press conference at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, where he spoke on the security vacuum created by a “police halt” in the Brazilian state Espirito Santo. Temer called the police halt “an insurgency against the Constitution.” Authorities have threatened to prosecute officers who do not respond to the calls to return to duty. The Brazilian Constitution prohibits police from going on strike. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Michel Temer issued a decree on Tuesday to deploy 9,000 soldiers in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan area until Feb. 22, one week before Carnaval ends. That’s almost half the troops used during last year’s Olympic Games.

The decision partly fulfills Rio de Janeiro Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao’s request to have troops police the entire state until March 5. Defense Minister Raul Jungmann told a news conference that soldiers are already on the streets.

“This is pre-emptive,” Jungmann said, adding…