A young Brazilian has died after falling from a mountain in a bid to escape the violence of his country’s war on drugs

Brazil’s President Michel Temer says his country has been hit by a wave of drug-related violence and that the country is in a “period of crisis”.

“I want to make it very clear to all that this is a crisis of our nation, of our state, of this country, of the whole of Brazil,” Temer said.

“This is a period of crisis.”

Temer was responding to a question on Saturday about the death of the 22-year-old man who fell from a tree on a mountain near the capital Brasilia.

Temer, who is in his second term, said the man had not been charged, but had asked the police to investigate and take the necessary measures.

“The president of Brazil has made it very plain that he will not tolerate drug use and trafficking in his country,” Temers spokesman, Eduardo Perez, told the Associated Press news agency.

The president also said that the Brazilian government had increased drug-control measures and the number of people being arrested.

“He is the president of a country that has the most serious problems,” Temero said.

Brazil’s drug-war has been raging since 2002, when the military overthrew the democratically elected president, João Goulart.

The violence has killed at least 4,300 people and led to tens of thousands of arrests, according to Amnesty International.

Temero has accused the government of using a series of repressive measures in an attempt to suppress the countrys drug epidemic.

Amnesty says more than 4,000 people have been killed in Brazil’s war against drugs, with another 1,000 being missing.