As Brazil Prepares For Confederations Cup, World Cup, Country Insists Security On Track
Brazil has a reputation for "being one of the world's more violent societies," but organizers of next summer's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup insist that security will not be a problem at either event, according to the AFP. Organizers are "pointing to the country's ability over the years to deal with huge carnivals, particularly in Rio de Janeiro, drawing hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists from around the globe." And they insist that they will be able to draw on that experience when fans will "flock to two of the biggest dates on the int'l sporting calendar" after drawing up extensive security plans in conjunction with FIFA. The "wide-ranging plan" was drawn up in August and clearly designates zones requiring special protection while organizing coordination between the police and the armed forces. The plan also "defines the main potential risks" to the tournaments running smoothly -- namely, fan violence, organized crime and terrorist threats. Special Justice Ministry Secretary for overseeing major events Valdinho Jacinto Caetano said, "Our objective is to have no problems in order to allow everyone to enjoy the festival." Caetano added airport and port security "is already being stepped up" owing to the Confederations Cup and also a visit by Pope Benedict. The military "will stand guard on land and sea borders" (AFP, 11/29).