The dawn of the last day 14 marked the beginning of a series of days (and nights) of fear for the population of Rio Grande do Norte. There were ten consecutive days of violent attacks of all kinds, including arson in vehicles and shots fired at public buildings. Two weeks later, the state tries to return to normality. Since last Friday, the 24th, no orchestrated episodes have been registered.
Almost 300 attacks were recorded in the period, more than 100 of which occurred in the early hours of the 14th. According to the latest report by the State Secretariat for Public Security and Social Defense (Sesed), released this Tuesday morning (28), 284 people had already been killed. detained accused of involvement in the attacks, including 20 fugitives from justice and six apprehended teenagers.
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Last Monday night, Governor Fátima Bezerra (PT) announced a plan to invest R$ 100 million in public security resources, R$ 75 million being guaranteed by the state executive and the remaining R$ 25 million by the Ministry of Justice. Part of that investment will go to the prison system.
As of this Wednesday (29), public transport will be fully restored in Natal. Until this Tuesday, some bus lines were suspended and the opening hours of the system had been reduced. The Companhia Brasileira de Trens Urbanos (CBTU) also confirmed the resumption of 100% of passenger train services on the two lines that serve the Potiguar capital region.
With the reduction of transport services, activities on the central campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) were suspended. The expectation, now, is for the resumption of classes, which had not yet been confirmed until 3 pm this Tuesday.
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Faced with the crisis of the last few weeks, the public authorities installed the Health Services Resumption Plan, which organized the return of activities in Basic Health Units, polyclinics, outpatient clinics and other public health care institutions. When the series of attacks began, only urgent and emergency services were maintained.
Another service that had been heavily affected, garbage collection, was regularized last Sunday in Natal. According to the city’s Urban Services Company, a joint effort with around 100 employees and 17 vehicles ensured the collection of 260 tons of accumulated waste.
Editing: Nicolau Soares
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