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Security force of 85,000 fills Rio, unsettling rights activists

from The New York Times

If battling pickpockets were an Olympic sport at the current Summer Games, the Brazilian authorities might qualify for a medal. In the face of soaring street crime, the state government has deployed a security force of 85,000 in Rio de Janeiro, among them 23,000 soldiers who stand sentinel at busy intersections or cruise the streets in military jeeps, their weapons aimed menacingly at the sidewalk. more


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