Fear on the streets of Rio as security deteriorates ahead of Olympics

When drug lord Fat Family was broken out of hospital by armed gang members in Rio de Janeiro earlier this month, his escape exposed both a revival of organized crime and the inadequacy of the security services.

Just two days before he was audaciously rescued, the acting governor of Rio state, Francisco Dornelles, announced public finances were in a “state of calamity.” He warned of the imminent collapse of key services as the government struggled to pay its public servants, including police officers.

  • Clink9

    Reminds me of a trip to Acapulco in the eighties.

    • mauser 98

      yes… filthy beach , drunk cops , waiter thieves, pro beggars arrive in Mercedes….nasty place

      • Clink9

        And all the Montezuma’s revenge you want.

        • mauser 98

          whew…got it bad .. like a fire hose

          • Clink9

            Yep, nasty plane ride back to Tronna and lost 8 pounds.

          • mauser 98

            i saw flies land on hot, cooking hamburgers…100’s of them.. like they had asbestos feet.. ate it anyways

  • Spatchcocked

    Beef up security in Rio…every athlete should have a member of FDS assigned to them personally……24 hours a day.

  • infedel

    socialism; good times, good times.

  • BillyHW

    Who on earth thought giving the Olympics to a Hispanic country was a good idea? These backward people haven’t even figured out how to humanity right, let alone sewage.

  • tom_billesley

    Ticket sales are poor. To avoid the embarrassment of empty stands, they’ll probably give free tickets to the street criminals.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In Rio the street thugs rob people wearing shoes because the natives can’t afford them.