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Brazil's Bahia Police End Strike


Police officers begin to leave the Legislative Assembly of Bahia, where they were protesting to demand higher wages, in Salvador February 9, 2012.

Police officers begin to leave the Legislative Assembly of Bahia, where they were protesting to demand higher wages, in Salvador February 9, 2012.

Police in one of Brazil's largest cities have ended their nearly two-week strike that unleashed a spike in murders.

Officers in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, voted to end the strike Saturday. They had been demanding higher wages.

Officials say a crime wave claimed more than 130 lives in the Salvador metropolitan area during the strike.

Meanwhile, authorities say police may soon suspend their short-lived strike in Rio de Janeiro. Rio's residents were spared the violence that erupted in Salvador.

The strikes renew concerns about Brazil's readiness to host the World Cup in 2014. Rio and Salvador are among the cities selected as venues for the soccer games.

Rio will host the Olympics in 2016.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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