Last week, the Brazilian government sent 8,700 troops to the border with French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela in an effort to combat drug trafficking and environmental crimes in the Amazon region. Brazilian military officials assured neighboring countries the move was not aggressive, but meant to reinforce state presence in that remote area of the country where such crimes are prevalent. Brazilian troops were also dispatched to the border with Bolivia at the beginning of May after Bolivian military crossed the border while expelling Brazilian farmers from the border region. “This is not a retaliation,” said Brazil’s Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Mota. “We are here performing our constitutional duty to protect our citizens and our sovereignty.”
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