Brazil deploys over 60,000 troops to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 Olympic Games

July 25, 2016 9:15 am

Brazilian army special forces
participate in the ceremony to present the integrated security forces
deployed for the Rio 2016 Olympic . (AFP photo)

has started deploying
tens of thousands of police officers and army troops to
to beef up security as athletes begin to arrive for the 2016 Olympics.

More
than 60,000 troops took positions across the city on Sunday, part of an
overall contingent of more than 85,000 soldiers, police and other
security forces that will be deployed across Rio for the event.
The
huge deployment of security forces is meant to help establish law and
order in the often chaotic and violent mega-city of 12 million
population.

Meantime, Brazilian intelligence forces are in
contact with their foreign counterparts to receive tips on threats posed
by international terrorist organizations, such as al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Last
week, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly tipped
off Brazilian intelligence service, helping their security authorities
arrest 11 Brazilians who investigators say were sympathetic to Daesh.

The suspects are said to have discussed possible terrorist attacks during the Rio Games.

The games, which start on August 5, are the first Olympic Games to be ever held in any South American country.

Brazilian
army cavalrymen in riot gear participate in the ceremony to present the
integrated security forces deployed for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
(AFP photo)Last minute glitches

At
the nearly-completed Olympic Village in the Barra de Tijuca
neighborhood of Rio on Sunday, lines formed as athletes began checking
in for rooms.
The Olympic Village is designed to house more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and staff.

Australia’s Olympic team refused to check in, complaining about uninhabitable rooms in the Olympic Village.

Local
media reports said that some other team delegations, concerned over
similar issues, had sought to hire their own maintenance crews in order
to make their quarters suitable.

Elsewhere, a new subway line
which was planned to be running before the Olympic Games opening
ceremony has suffered repeated delays and is still undergoing tests.
Albeit
the shortcomings and concerns about issues such as security, the Zika
virus and Brazil’s dire economic crisis, some 500,000 visitors are
expected to visit to the country for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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