Brazilian president Michel Temer has signed a decree putting the military in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro, following a rise in street crime and drug gang violence.
Massed robberies and gunfights during carnival, followed by a storm that killed four and caused chaos, have heightened a sense that the city is slipping out of control.
“I am taking this extreme measure because the circumstances demand it,” Temer said after signing the decree on Friday. “Enough.”
The army has operated in Rio during the last year and did so during the Olympics and the World Cup.