2018-01-12 11:11:55 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The city of Rio de Janeiro has requested
backup from federal troops to enforce security during Brazil's Carnival
festivities in February as it seeks to shield tourists and locals from
Over 6 million people, including roughly 1.5 million foreign visitors, are
expected to take to the streets of Rio for the annual Carnival celebrations
in the second week of February.
Thousands of army troops were deployed last year to quell a crime wave in
Brazil's second-largest city, which has struggled to maintain public
services amid a deep recession.
Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella and the head of tourism agency Riotur Marcelo
Alves told journalists on Thursday the city government had formally
requested federal support.
"When over 6 million gather to celebrate, federal support is more than
necessary," Alves said.
He added that the city government will also hire around 3,400 private
security agents to aid policing efforts.