Are They Next For An Uprising?
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.
The fact is people are upset and more than annoyed with government, who they, in most cases, voted in. Turkey was front page news for the last few weeks and will be continuing to take up print and video space on the news channels, as the violence spreads and more body bags are ordered. Who is next to become the replacement or standing alongside annoyed citizens.
South America! Brazil!
Brazil has more on their attention getting plate than you can think of. In fact over the next three years, the gold, silver, bronze and cups will be fought for in the stadiums of Brazil. Football and the Olympics will dominate the television and computer screens or will they? Added is the visit from the Pope in July.
Local and federal security officials in Brazil - primarily in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia - are increasingly preoccupied over providing protection for Pope Francis' seven day visit to Rio de Janeiro July 22-28.
Officials are at the highest levels in recent weeks have put into place what will be the largest, most intricate, and unprecedented protection operation ever mounted in the country for a visiting high-level dignitary.
The papal visit presents a unique set of highly complicated security concerns never before seen in Brazil. This visit has more than prayers required as the whole future of South America hangs on the success of the visit. Not from the religious aspect, from the security sense, as one false move or failure will change the whole vista of Brazil and the whole of South America.
Kicking a football around will not matter, even it is the Confederations or World Cups, or the Olympics, the preceding visit of the Pope will set the precedent.
The full security information of the Pope’s visit has been unveiled and released, they left nothing out, even down to what time the man has breakfast. Why?
Somewhere between 8,500 and 12,000 military soldiers will be deployed to Rio as well. President Dilma Rousseff has declared Guaratiba – a suburb community 60km from Rio where the Pope is expected to give a mass to 3 million people - a "Guarantee of Law and Order" zone, allowing the military to temporarily partake in public security and policing activities within the zone. Other key World Youth Day events will also take place in the municipality.
Brazil’s specially-trained and well-equipped National Force security officers - based in Brasilia and under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice - will deploy somewhere between 1,200 and 1,600 officers to Rio to act as a "super police force" to guard areas where they are needed during pope movements.
The state of Rio will have 44,000 officers (both street police and investigative officers) available and working in rotating shifts. All vacation and non-essential training days have been cancelled during the week the Pope visits Rio. “Any and all personnel we have at our disposal will be working,” one local official said.
Rio's much-feared special force police unit, called BOPE, has been in recent weeks doing security operations in rough neighborhoods that are in or around where the Pope will be visiting.
And Brazil’s national intelligence service, ABIN, will have plain clothed agents in Rio, and a command center. They have already been in communications with neighboring country intelligence services about sharing of information of potential threats.
When it comes to Pope Francis' visit to Brazil, this is a country giving off the impression they are leaving nothing to risk, and taking no chances.
The people of Brazil could care less, they are more worried about bus and underground fares. Protests in Brazil against bus and underground fare rises have turned violent in the country's largest city, Sao Paulo, with violence also reported at protests in Rio de Janeiro.
Police fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, detaining some 40 people in centre of Sao Paulo.
Police say they seized petrol bombs, knives and drugs. At least 55 people have been injured in the Sao Paulo clashes, says the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.
The newspaper says six of its journalists have been wounded, two of them shot in the face.
Police have been trying to contain the demonstrators. Trying is not good enough as the protesters spilt and now you have a divided protection team which fail.
They have now reached the city's main avenue, Avenida Paulista, where many shops were vandalized on Tuesday following a bus fare hike protest.
State governor Geraldo Alckmin branded the rioters "vandals" and promised to act to avoid a repeat of the violence.
"The police acted with professionalism," Mr Alckmin said, rejecting claims that they had used excessive force.
Brazil's Minister of Justice, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, said the demonstrations were legitimate but resorting to violence and vandalism was unacceptable.
In Rio de Janeiro and other cities, thousands marched to demand that an increase in fares be revoked.
Prices for a single ticket in Sao Paulo were raised on 2 June from 3 reals ($1.40, £0.90) to 3.20 reals ($1.50, £0.96).
The authorities say that the rise is well below inflation, which since the last price rise in January 2011 has been at 15,5% according to official figures.
Is Brazil, South America’s version of the Arab Spring?
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