Brazil Wisely Creates Special Riot Force Ahead of 2014 World Cup
Brazil is in enough hot water with FIFA because of their ongoing stadium issues. The last thing the 2014 World Cup host nation needs is another major issue especially violence putting those attending the games at risk. As a result, Brazil has wisely created a special force to combating rioting. This move, while somewhat expected after past issues, is something Brazil desperately needs to do in order to stay ahead of violence.
Head of the elite National Security Force Col. Alexandre Augusto Aragon talked to local newspapers on Friday. Not only will there be a riot squad, but there will be around 10,000 individuals in the force.
”We’ve have been concerned with this (security during the World Cup) before the protests that took place earlier this year, because we don’t wait around for things to happen,” he told the G1 Internet portal. ”The violence of recent protests is what scared us.”
The recent protests he is referring to coincided with the 2013 Confederations Cup. Over 1 million people came together to make their voice known over things ranging from higher bus fares, corruption and poor public services to excessive spending for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
While many locals are adamant in their views against current Brazilian policies, millions, if not billions, of jubilant soccer fans will be making the pilgrimage to Brazil. In order to secure their safety, Brazil is making the obvious and wise decision to form a special riot force. The 2013 Confederations Cup was plagued by riots, and that is the last thing Brazil needs during the 2014 World Cup.
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Quotes in English courtesy of FoxSoccer.com
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