Brazil is the most dangerous country in the world, that is, if you're going by the amount of cities it has on "The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World" list, of which it dominates. Sure, Rio de Janeiro isn't on that list, but it's still rocking a pretty gnarly 18.6 murders per 100,000 people, which is more than anywhere in the U.S. -- or any other Olympic host city, for that matter. To make matters worse, the half-assed Brazilian federal government has yet to make good on its promise to help pay police ahead of the games. Ya know, because there'll be thousands of tourists and athletes -- many of whom would make great targets for kidnappers -- they might want to have some additional cops around to keep things from devolving into complete chaos.
Now it's looking like they might not even have any, because lawmakers can't get their shit together.
[BBC] Along with the relatives carrying flowers and taxi drivers waiting with name boards there were lines of off-duty police with banners that had a far more ominous message: "Welcome to Hell".
"Police and firefighters don't get paid," the banners, in English and Portuguese, went on. "Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe". Photos of the protest have been widely shared on social media and in the Brazilian press. The image above was posted on the photo sharing site Imgur, where it was viewed more than three million times in less than a day.
Elsewhere in the city police staged other demonstrations against the late payment of salaries and a lack of basic necessities like car fuel and toilet paper. Around 300 police officers dressed in black stood on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro state assembly. One banner read "The police's priority is the people, the government's priority is the Olympics". A spokesman for the Rio police force said the situation was dire. "We are in a meltdown," he said.
So lemme get this straight. Come August 5th, the world is supposed to converge on a city overrun with criminals surrounded by a swamp of human poo, infested with diseased mosquitoes that deform children? Yep, sounds like hell.
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