Police in Brazilian city vote to end their strike

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.

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