In the face of violence in Manaus, with two nights of arson attacks, the US embassy in Brazil issued a warning urging US citizens to avoid non-essential trips to the capital in Amazonas until security conditions improve.
“US citizens should avoid non-essential travel within Manaus until security conditions improve, especially travel on public transport. Organized criminal groups in the city violently targeted police stations, buses and other public areas,” the statement said on Tuesday (8) on a social network.
In another message, American diplomacy says that the consulate in Manaus has suspended service to the public until Friday (11).
The guidance given to US citizens by their government is to continue to monitor the local press and the US Embassy website and social media for more information.
The arson attacks in Manaus are said to be a reaction by a criminal faction to the murder of a drug trafficking leader by the Military Police.
Between Sunday (6) and Monday (7), the police arrested 31 suspects of involvement in depredations and fires in buses, cars, public buildings, bank agencies and police vehicles.
Public services were suspended for security reasons, public and private schools did not open, and the public transport bus fleet was only partially circulated.
The federal government authorized the support of the National Security Force to contain the wave of violence in the city. The announcement was made by the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anderson Torres.
According to the minister, the planning of the National Force’s actions is carried out by Senasp (National Public Security Secretariat).
This Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Justice informed that the National Force will remain in Amazonas for 30 days, with possible extension. Security agents will act to reinforce policing.