Rio increase police presence ahead of FIFA World Cup
Some 2,000 extra police officers have been deployed onto the streets of Rio de Janeiro after Brazilian officials decided to implement part of a World Cup security plan early
Police presence is boosted on the streets in the wake of recent violence and pressure to keep peace during approaching World Cup
The decision to add more police came as a result of increased assaults in Rio which will host several matches including one quarter-final and the final. Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo believes some Brazilian’s think they can get away with anything and alluded to a recent incident in Recife where a supporter was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from a rival group of fans.
He said, “I think this feeling of impunity, which is not just in soccer, leads to, that in soccer, a criminal can take a toilet and throw it at other fans. I think that this environment in the country needs to stop; not just in soccer, but in everything.”
Whilst the world’s eyes slowly turn to the world cup hosts — reports have emerged that muggings are on the rise in the area around the Marcana Stadium while in recent weeks fire fights between police and gangs in the so-called ‘pacified’ slums have been rife.