- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
Postcard from Brazil
Brazil has had its fair share of protests these last few months — the teachers‘ protest that began in August, and now the protests against oil exploration contracts. In this photo, taken in June, a protester is arrested by military police from the special unit Chope, during clashes in the center of Niteroi, 10 kms from Rio de Janeiro. In the background of this chaotic scene, you can see one of Brazil’s military police dogs. Apparently, Brazil integrated dogs into their armed forces in the 1960s, " authorized their use within the Military Police organizations of the Army during jungle operations and commando activities, and the Airborne Infantry Brigade." As to the job of the dog in this photo, I would assume, based on the dog’s breed (a shepherd) and the situation (a charged protest), that he is there for one thing — crowd control.