Brazil's federal police said it launched an operation on Monday aimed at fighting deforestation in the Amazon, a week after townspeople clashed with local police over illegal sawmills.
About 300 federal police agents and troopers from the paramilitary national security force arrived in northern Para state in helicopters and a caravan of vehicles. The operation dubbed Arch of Fire should have a total of 1,000 agents on the ground when it is in full force, the agency said.
"This operation will be permanent in nature," a federal police spokesman said.
Violent protests broke out last week in Tailandia, about 112 miles south of Para state capital Belem, when local police seized 17,000 cubic yards of timber from illegal sawmills.
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