Look Out: Brazil’s Military Ready for the World Cup
Look at the get-up these Brazilian soldiers are wearing as they prepare for the World Cup which begins on June 12:
Soldiers who will provide security at the World Cup in Brazil turned out as if they were preparing for war as they marched in Rio de Janeiro.
They wore full body armour and showed off their full chemical suits and shotguns as police chiefs instructed visiting fans not to fight back against potential robbers during the football tournament this summer.
Campaign leaflets, which also instruct visitors not to scream if they are being robbed, will be distributed to football fans arriving in Rio de Janeiro, in order to prevent robberies leading to homicides during the World Cup.
Sao Paulo has seen an increased rate of robberies ending in homicides, and is now telling tourists to hand over their valuables without a fight if they are threatened.
The Brazilian government is obviously spending lots of money on its military (or are these guys police?) so I wonder how much it’s spending to alleviate the need for its citizens to commit robbery in the first place.
Entry filed under: Musings.