The piece was restored in Brazil’s Natal, the Rio Grande do Norte capital, on Monday after three days of unrest. Criminal gang set off bombs, torched dozens of buses and fired shots at government buildings, authorities said. The Brazilian government authorized sending 1,200 troops to the city to quell gang uprisings.
The wave of violence in Natal was triggered by a plan to move some of the gang's leaders serving time in the state's main penitentiary to other jails, and in response to the blocking of their cellphone communications, officials said.
The unrest started on Friday, with 15 buses burned by Saturday, along with local landmark, the Morro do Careca. Public transport was halted and shots were heard, according to locals. In a response curfews were imposed.
The state's security chief, Army General Ronaldo Lundgren, told 65 people suspected of committing acts of violence and vandalism had been arrested since Friday. Among them was an alleged founder of the gang, Joao Maria dos Santos, 32, aka John the Magician.
Also a total of 53 cases of debauchery and destruction of property were reported by Sunday night. Government and other buildings also sustained heavy gunfire. Unrest was experienced in 20 municipalities, according to the Secretariat of Security.
Locals told that there was not enough of information of the accident, blaming the alleged information blackout on the government’s preoccupation with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Anyway, no Olympic events are taking place in Rio Grande do Norte.