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2011-02-21

Dilma Defends Border Control to Fight Drugs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted the importance of border control in the war on drugs on 17 February, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Evaristo SA

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted the importance of border control in the war on drugs on 17 February, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Evaristo SA

Reuters

On 17 February, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted the importance of border control in the war on drugs.

”I think that it’s fundamental to realize that all this also involves a process of fighting organized crime, by controlling the borders,” the president said at the start of an event on the war on drugs at the Palácio do Planalto.

The fight against crack and other drugs was one of Dilma’s main issues during the presidential campaign last year. This Thursday morning, the president participated in a seminar marking the launch of Regional Resource Centers on crack and other drugs at forty-nine federal universities.

In her speech, which lasted approximately eight minutes, Dilma advocated pursuing the fight against drugs “both at their points of entry along Brazil’s borders and in their structures of distribution, linked to organized crime.”

The resource centers at the federal universities will train professionals who work with drug users and their family members.

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