Rio Won Olympics, But What Will It Do About Rampant Crime?


Now that Brazil has won the 2016 Olympics, the world is waiting to see what President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva can do about Rio de Janeiro's violent crime, which residents call the biggest cloud over their city's postcard-perfect bid, reports Bloomberg News. Rio is one of the most violent cities in the world, according to a ranking by Web site RealClearWorld. Home to about 7 million people, it recorded 2,069 murders last year compared with 510 in Chicago, a city of 2.8 million and a finalist contender for the games. The police commit one in five of the murders.

Stray bullets from rival drug gangs battling to control more than 1,000 shantytowns ringing the so-called “Marvelous City” claim dozens of lives each year, police say. The gangs often stop traffic along the main airport road to steal money and cell phones. So-called flash-kidnappings — where victims are taken to ATMs to withdraw cash — are also common.

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