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.