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In Rio de Janeiro, ‘complete vulnerability’ as violence surges


Violence is shaping Rio de Janeiro community’s life. Since the end of 2016 Summer Olymipics Game, Rio is plagued by a sharp rise in violence and lawlessness reminiscents of the dark periods of 1980s and 1990s. Since 2008, In order to prepare the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics Games, government launched a programme to secure Rio’s favelas, establishing a system of community policing. For few years this programme seemed to work and a 10billion dollars investment in infrastracture was financed, giving the hope that Olympics could create better conditions and reduce inequality. It didn’t work and the main reason was the massive corruption which completely ran out the money. Now, the violence and criminal activities are increasing and the social context is shaped by complete vulnerability, denounced Antonio Carlos Costa, head of Rio de Paz, an association that give support to the victims of violence.



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