Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The cityscape views are breathtaking, the slum residents could cash in, and foreign visitors would see another part of the city — not just Copacabana beach. But now the soaring violence in the hillside communities is rekindling a major concern for the safety of the tourists.
Rio de Janerio’s slum tourism is one of the popular tourism parts. It is depicted in the Oscar nominated movie “City of Gods”, where crime and tourism play a major role.
As part of preparations that began in 2008 for hosting the Olympic Games, the civic authorities pushed to make these once no-go areas safer by targeting ruling drug gangs.
The current national economic crisis has worsened deeply the inequality in society and resulted in funding cuts for security forces and thereby government is unable to gain the control of most slums they once declared “pacified.”
This year, Rio de Janerio has seen an estimated with an average of 15 shootings a day involving police and heavily armed gangs.
There are hundreds of civilians, many of whom are residents of the favelas, have been killed or wounded in the crossfire.
While most of the tourists have occasionally been shot after accidentally veering into favelas, the recent death of a Spanish tourist at the hands of police put a attention on insecurity in Rio and its slums areas which are now became the abode of crime, sex, murder and gang culture.
Previously in the sporadic clashes happened with the gangs where the police opened fire on a car carrying Maria Esperanza Jimenez Ruiz and her relatives as they left a walking tour of the city’s most populous slum, Rocinha, which has been at the center of a bloody battle between rival gangs and authorities.
These sporadic clashed on the tourists by the gangs created a severe issue on the tourism part of Rio de Janerio slums.