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Discovery Channel Brasil did a documentary about security in Rio for 2016. i found 4 parts in youtube but i couldn't find in english.

Wow mugged on the beach in broad daylight by a bunch or worthless little pieces of ghetto trash.

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Wow mugged on the beach in broad daylight by a bunch or worthless little pieces of ghetto trash.

Yes... Sad scene... But this is a famous file footage on Brazilian journalism.

According to the documentary and O Globo newspaper, last year all crime rates in Rio have decreased... Government is working really hard to solve this kind of problem, but far from have a solution... The problem is so complex.

I wish we really could have this doc in English... Very fair, showing both parts of the problem and how this have been fighted.

Really good.

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After so many decades witnessing the government inercia agains drug lords and, what is worse, a pernicious relationship among them, it becomes very dificult to believe once more. However, the invasion of Vila do Cruzeiro and Complexo do Alemão give us hope, anyway. The sad part of the history is nothing would had been done if Rio was not to host the 2016 SOG.

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Israel's ISDS to manage security at Rio Olympics ISDS will be able to draw on a $2.2 billion budget.

At the end of a three-year tender, the Olympic Committee and the agencies managing the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympiad have selected Israeli security company ISDS, owned by president and founder Leo Gleser, to provide security for the world's biggest sporting event. ISDS will be able to draw on a $2.2 billion budget for constructing and managing the complex security system for the event, which is expected to draw billions of spectators around the world. The news of the Israeli company's triumph in the huge tender was first published in the Israel Defense magazine.

ISDS will be an integrator for the entire security system at the various sites at which the games will be held, and will provide consultation and supply services for the various systems designed to ensure that the Olympic Games pass without incident. "We have a great challenge facing us," ISDS VP Ron Shafran said today. "We already have teams operating in Brazil, and unofficially operated there during the World Cup last summer. Since it was announced that Brazil would host the Olympic Games, we have greatly expanded our activity in the country, and competed in this long and difficult tender. Our teams are already preparing for the Olympics, designing our security concept and building technological systems to be installed at the various facilities where the competitions will take place in Rio and four other regions around the country. The games will begin on August 5, 2016, and will continue until December 2016, including the special Olympics."

Over the past year, disappointment was expressed in Israel concerning the degree of involvement by Israeli companies in the World Cup last summer in Brazil. From what Shafran says, it is clear that the picture will be different this time. "As the company that will integrate the entire security system at the games, we will determine the specifications for the necessary security system, and bring the right technologies from Israel and the rest of the world. We'll also include small and medium-sized Israeli companies - ones with big solutions. We'll let these companies take part in this rare opportunity and benefit from a fitting stage for displaying their technologies in intelligence, mass traffic management, etc. This whole business will be an incubator for Israeli technologies and solutions in these areas," Shafran said.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israels-isds-to-manage-security-at-rio-olympics-1000980198

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I guess as far as terrorism goes, the next decade of Olympics are in safer hands. South America and Japan are not exactly hot button enemies of ME terror groups - not would they have the same 'home grown' capacity to do anything.

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At other hand, I can see a lot of environmentalist protests in the next 2 years...

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A news station here in Australia was doing a story about the progress of the Rio games. And mentioned how apparently the Deodoro cluster is located in a military area however if you are to leave that area it is extremely risky. They showed footage of their cab driver refusing to stop outside the zone because drug gangs are known to harass and kill.

Just curious about this and hopefully Danny can clear this up with me.

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I was just doing some research for the potential security situation. I came across these two articles, but didn't know if there was any truth to them.

http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/israeli-company-loses-2016-rio-olympics-security-contract-it-had-claimed-to-have-been-awarded-13120

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/brazil-cancels-2-billion-contract-israeli-security-firm-2016-olympics

I'd like to say The Onion is more factually accurate. I just don't see why they would drop a security contract this close to the Games, without us hearing about it from more legitimate sources.

ADW

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Should the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday be considered a warning sign by Rio's committee? Up to now, authorities have been focused on the issue of domestic violence. Terrorism, of course, is one of Rio's concerns but, IMO, it has been seen as a secondary one. What do you think about this?

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Should the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday be considered a warning sign by Rio's committee? Up to now, authorities have been focused on the issue of domestic violence. Terrorism, of course, is one of Rio's concerns but, IMO, it has been seen as a secondary one. What do you think about this?

As Paris and Sharm-el-Sheikh have shown, the point about terrorism is that the only effective defence is espionage. If Brazil doesn't have the full co-operation of security services around the world, then foreign terrorism becomes a significant problem.

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Should the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday be considered a warning sign by Rio's committee? Up to now, authorities have been focused on the issue of domestic violence. Terrorism, of course, is one of Rio's concerns but, IMO, it has been seen as a secondary one. What do you think about this?

One thing the IOC is very good at is security. I'm sure the Rio committee has been working on just about every possible scenario

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A news station here in Australia was doing a story about the progress of the Rio games. And mentioned how apparently the Deodoro cluster is located in a military area however if you are to leave that area it is extremely risky. They showed footage of their cab driver refusing to stop outside the zone because drug gangs are known to harass and kill.

Just curious about this and hopefully Danny can clear this up with me.

Sorry for the late reply.

Deodoro is a lower middle class area of Rio, nothing to do around the cluster, it's a residential area.

It's not a risky area, but also not somewhere to visit if you have nothing to do there.

Yes, there were/are some drug-related crimes in the area, since it's far from wealthy neighbourhood and drug lords can use far away zones as hidden spots, but, during the games, there will be tens of thousands of police and military in Rio, so nothing to care about during the games time.

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Foreign security agencies helping Brazil's Olympic prep

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Foreign security agencies including in the United States and France are working closely with Brazil ahead of next year's Rio Olympics, the Latin American country's lead security official for the games said Wednesday.

Brazil will host the continent's first Olympic Games starting August 5 and concerns over security have risen in the wake of brutal Islamist attacks in Paris this month, one of them targeting France's main sports stadium.

"No one can be indifferent to barbaric events such as in Paris," Andrei Augusto Passos Rodrigues, Brazil's security coordinator for major events, told a gathering of security representatives from 78 countries in Rio.

"Concerning terrorism, we are working hard with international cooperation to intensify and create mechanisms that will assist prevention," Rodrigues said.

Among case studies receiving close attention are the marathons in Berlin and Boston, which saw a bloody bomb attack in 2013, the 2015 Pan-American Games held in Ottawa, and the annual sessions of the UN General Assembly when world leaders converge on New York.

With the Paris attacks the main focus now, Rodrigues said Brazil's military attache in Paris and Brazilian police were consulting with their French colleagues.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday during a visit to Brazil that France would offer the help of its intelligence services for the Olympics.

"We have a range of bilateral meetings in the United States and we are in contact with the secret services of other organizations. We are doing everything we can to confront terrorism," Rodrigues said.

"We now also have an integrated anti-terrorism center (CIANT) where Brazilian and foreign police can work to stop these kinds of threats," he said.

The international focus, however, is not a sign that Brazil needs extra help, he stressed. "We will not change our strategic plan," he said. "We are preparing for the biggest event in the world and this plan already included international cooperation with foreign police."

Rodrigues said that a lifting of visa requirements for tourists from some countries will not have any negative impact on security.

AFP

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/foreign-security-agencies-helping-brazils-olympic-prep-200746945--oly.html

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Official wary of athletes staying outside Olympic village

MADRID (AP) — Extra security measures may be needed to protect athletes staying outside of the Olympic Village during the games in Rio de Janeiro, including Rafael Nadal, who will be staying at a friend's house, one of Brazil's top security officials said Monday.

Andrei Rodrigues, responsible for overseeing Brazil's security in special events, said a specific plan to protect Nadal may be required after the local organizing committee notified authorities of the intention of the 14-time Grand Slam winner to stay on his own.

Rodrigues said a few golfers are also among those not staying at the athletes village and may need special security plans.

The Brazilian official said that although it would be impossible to provide "personal security" to all athletes in Rio, a few situations could prompt special attention from local authorities and would be analyzed on a case-by-case basis.

"Any action out of the ordinary will obviously prompt greater concern," Rodrigues told The Associated Press after a media event in Madrid. "We would need to come up with a secondary operation, so that is a concern to us, obviously. It would be more comfortable for us if all athletes stayed in the village and traveled from there to the training venues and to the competition venues."

The U.S. men's and women's basketball teams will be staying on a cruise ship in Rio's renovated port area, where increased security is already expected.

Nadal's case prompts special concern because he will not be staying at a hotel, as will most other athletes skipping the Olympic Village. Most hotels picked by athletes already have their own security measures in place and are well prepared to protect their guests.

Rodrigues did not give any specific details about where, or with whom, the Spaniard will be staying during the Aug. 5-21 games.

"The information we received from the committee is that he will be staying at a residence," Rodrigues said. "We will need to know more about everything that could impact security. But it shouldn't be a major issue."

Nadal was a star attraction at the Olympic Village in 2008 in Beijing, when he won the gold medal. He was constantly sought-after by other athletes for autographs and photos. The Spaniard missed the 2012 London Games because of an injury.

"The athletes are the VIP clients of the games," Rodrigues said. "They are the stars and they have to shine, so obviously we need to make sure that they have all the conditions to compete, and for that to happen we need to keep them safe."

Rodrigues did not elaborate on the golfers who are not staying at the Olympic Village. He said members of some equestrian teams also do not plan to use the official Olympic accommodation.

Rodrigues said organizers do not intend to interfere with the athletes' choices of accommodation, although the local organizing committee can make recommendations based on security concerns.

The Brazilian official said the critical event security-wise will be the games' opening ceremony, when nearly 100 heads of states and about 10,000 athletes will be at the Maracana Stadium.

He said security in the soccer host cities — Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Salvador, Manaus and Belo Horizonte— will follow the same model used during the World Cup two years ago, when no major incidents occurred.

AP

http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/1c7a36bd73944251a557735398bafb40/official-wary-athletes-staying-outside-olympic-village

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Only problem about Brazilian Security, or at least those guarding the funicular Station to El Cristo Redentor, they were very agreeable to being photographed with the tourists. I don't know if that's so reassuring.

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