Missionaries Largely Unaffected by Recent Violence in Brazil

On Friday, May 12, chaos broke out in Sao Paulo when members of an organized crime syndicate were transferred to a maximum security prison. Moving the inmates sparked uprisings in prisons throughout the state. Guards were being held as collateral to negotiate with officials, with one of the main demands being new televisions to watch the World Cup. Parts of the city became a war zone, with gun battles, drive-by shootings, bank explosions, busses being burned, and firemen being shot at while trying to put out fires. The city has returned somewhat to normal, but the violence was devastating. The four days of unrest included 251 attacks—mosty on police stations. Ninety busses were burned, more than 100 arrests were made, and 156 people were killed, including 41 police officers and prison guards, 93 suspected criminals, 18 prison inmates, and four citizens caught in the crossfire. 
     Please pray for the ongoing safety of Alliance missionaries who have had to curb their travel about the city.


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