Brazil dispatches elite police force to combat violence aimed at environmental activists

Huffington Post/AP, 06/08/2011

An elite police force arrived in northern Brazil on Wednesday to help local law enforcement combat violence aimed at anti-logging and land rights activists in the Amazon rain forest.

Paulo Silber, a spokesman for the Para state government, said the 60 officers were deployed to three cities. He did not provide further details.

The force has members from the federal police, the military and regular police forces.

President Dilma Rousseff ordered the unit sent to the Amazon region following the recent killings of three activists and one witness in the states of Para and Rondonia.

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