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Published on : Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Some weeks ahead of the 2016 Olympics, the Brazilian emergency responders welcome the tourists with signs “Welcome to hell”. The photo, shared all across the social media platforms is creating serious concern amongst the travellers as well as the sport enthusiasts whether or not the country is ready to host the Olympic Games.
Brazil is suffering the worst recession in decades and it was exacerbated by the Zika Virus plague. With the police helicopters being grounded, patrol cars being parked, police and fire-fighters not getting paid, the situation at Rio de Janeiro might not be safe for travellers.
Another sign outside of the airport read, “Welcome, we don’t have hospitals!”
Gov Francisco Dornelles addressed his concern over the declared financial emergency of the state. People need to feel secured and it is not possible to make them feel protected in a city without security.
Rio state has slashed budgets across the board, and this has impacted the police salaries. Angry civil police officers staged a strike and greetd tourists at Rio’s international airport with a sign reading, in English: “Welcome to Hell. Police and firefighters don’t get paid; Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.”
More than 85,000 police and soldiers, are supposed to be deployed which is twice the security contingent at the London Olympics. an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 foreigners are expected to visit the city of 12 million people where armed muggings, stray bullets and turf wars is almost everyday news.
The recession that saw Brazil’s economy shrink by four percentage points last year has taken a particularly tough toll on Rio.