Friday, October 28th, 2016

Giving the people circuses in Rio


The decision to place the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro looks worse and worse. I mentioned Altamont Wednesday night. What’s being described in Rio makes a riot by the Hells Angels look like a concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here is part of a report from The Anvil Group, a security organization specializing in travel risk management:

Brazil, Sao Paulo: Protesters clash with police in downtown Sao Paulo, blocking Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue  14-Dec-2013 05:47

Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Sao Paulo on Friday.  Hundreds of protesters gathered at around 20:15 BRST blocking Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue in both directions and started a march towards Republica Square.  The group protested against the State Governor, Geraldo Alckmin.  The clashes started as a group of riot policemen blocked roads leading to Paulista Avenue, attempting to interrupt the march.  At least eight protesters were arrested and an unconfirmed number of people were reported to have been injured.  Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Brazil, Santa Catarina: 3 people injured at football match  09-Dec-2013 00:28

3 spectators were seriously injured during clashes at a football match in Joinville on Sunday.  Police reported that fans of Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama clashed during the football match.  A police helicopter was forced to land on the pitch to bring the clash to an end.  All the injured were taken to hospital.  The match was held at the Joinville stadium, so that it was on neutral ground, as the two sides have clashed before.


As the 12 June opening of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo draws closer, security concerns for those travelling to the tournament are mounting.

Recent incidences of fighting between rival fans during Brazilian league football matches and the protests and violence that erupted during the Confederations Cup six months ago, raise doubts about the country’s preparedness to host the World Cup.

Other sources of concern include a resurgence of criminal violence.  Brazil remains one of the world’s most violent countries, with a murder rate of 27 per 100,000 inhabitants.  In addition, prominent drug cartels and gangs have promised to create a “World Cup of terror” around the games, saying they will disrupt events with bombings and other attacks, though police say they are confident such attacks will not occur.

Prior to the Confederations Cup, FIFA worked with the Brazilian authorities to develop a strategic security plan detailing key areas to protect, coordination between public and private security firms and assessments of the main threats from organized crime, terrorist attacks and football hooliganism.

The plan was initiated during the Confederations Cup, though authorities had not anticipated June’s social unrest when more than one million Brazilians took to the streets countrywide to demand more spending on public transport, health and education.  The demonstrators also protested about the high cost of hosting the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Certain news sources state that Brazilian protest groups have already promised demonstrations around the World Cup’s opening match in Sao Paulo and in other cities, including Natal, Ciubaba and Salvador, as the tournament progresses.

The government has announced it will establish an intelligence task force to deter and control possible violence during demonstrations.  Authorities have also upgraded the police’s crowd control capabilities.

It’s good to know that if a musical theater group in Rio ever wants to do an open air version of Miss Saigon the police are ready to assist.

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