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Brazil steps up security arrangements ahead of Rio Olympics 2016

During the games, the Brazilian federal police, army and air force, as well as Rio police officers, will work together to patrol all venues, stadiums and related areas 24/7. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 05, 2016, 10.35 AM (IST)
Armed police and security personnel are patrolling Olympic venues and streets in Rio de Janeiro as Brazil tightens security with the 2016 Summer Olympic Games just around the corner.

In addition to the increased security presence, vendors who usually sell beverages and snacks have been banned from working during the games due to the safety concerns. Only those who are officially authorised can trade in designated areas.

According to authorities, neither water nor unpacked foods are allowed in Olympic venues, and all personal items must go through security checks.

"I feel very good about that [security measures] because there was a lot of fear about the Olympic Games, about all the things happening in Europe, in the United States. And I feel more secure with police here and all the security here. I feel better," said Melanie, an Argentine tourist.

During the games, the Brazilian federal police, army and air force, as well as Rio police officers, will work together to patrol all venues, stadiums and related areas 24/7.

The enhanced security measures have been hailed by those covering and competing in the Olympics.

"You never know all the stuff going outside here, but I don't feel any danger right now," said Michal Gasiorowski, a Polish reporter.

"I don't have any fears, I feel pretty secure," said Alexander Choupenitch, a Czech foil fencer.

(Reuters)
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