Rio mayor says Brazilian city should be ‘walled like Jerusalem’

By JTA
November 23, 2016 14:11

RIO DE JANEIRO — The mayor-elect of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, declared that Brazil’s second largest city should protect itself like the city of Jerusalem.

The city should be totally surrounded by walls to prevent the entry of arms and drugs, the mayor-elect, who is a licensed Evangelical bishop, said.

“We are living during a deep moral crisis,” he said in reference to the recent wave of violence in the city. “It should be walled like Jerusalem.”

Crivella made the statement during a Monday meeting with Jewish and Christian leaders held at a large evangelical temple that houses a 736-square-meter mock-up of Jerusalem, which is considered the world’s largest outside of Israel.


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