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April 15, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59With the soccer World Cup just around the corner in Rio de Janeiro and the Olympics being held there in 2016, Brazilian police are cracking down on gangs in the stupendously beautiful but notoriously crime-prone city.

The authorities fear crime could throttle a tourism bonanza.

A massive assault by the forces of law enforcement has seen over 1000 Brazilian police, backed by helicopters and armoured personnel carriers, storm a favela (shantytown) near the city’s international airport and take it over. The force was so overwhelming,Police on patrol in Rio de janeiro criminal gangs realised resistance was futile. The whole operation was completed peacefully in less than half an hour.

With the World Cup, said to be the world’s biggest sporting event in terms of viewers, due to start in just two months, street thefts in Rio de Janiero are still running hot.

When Brazil’s TV Globo made a documentary about crime near Rio de Janeiro’s main train station, a woman resident being interviewed was mugged as she spoke on camera. A thief ripped off her necklace and sprinted away down the street. The reporter gave chase.

You can watch it on YouTube here:

The recent police operation took over a favela housing 130,000 residents and said to be a haven for organised crime. As the World Cup gets into full swing, thousands of people will pass  close to this area.

Then, in 2016, the Olympic Games will take place. Police last week seized “large quantities of drugs and weapons” hidden near the Olympic Village and a public school, according to GloboNews.

Police have set up “Pacification Units” in 174 different Rio favelas where 600,000 people live. The authorities realise that crushing crime is crucial to the success of the World Cup and Olympics.

Written by : Peter Needham

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