Brazil bolsters Olympic security in wake of Nice attack

By: | Published: July 17, 2016 4:30 PM

Following the terrorist strike in the southern French city of Nice earlier this week, Brazil is bolstering security measures ahead of the August 5 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Terrorism has become the overriding concern for organisers of the Games, eclipsing a recent upsurge in violence in Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro, compounded by local police threatening to go on strike over insufficient wages, and an ongoing political crisis, reports Xinhua.(Reuters)Terrorism has become the overriding concern for organisers of the Games, eclipsing a recent upsurge in violence in Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro, compounded by local police threatening to go on strike over insufficient wages, and an ongoing political crisis, reports Xinhua.(Reuters)

Following the terrorist strike in the southern French city of Nice earlier this week, Brazil is bolstering security measures ahead of the August 5 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Terrorism has become the overriding concern for organisers of the Games, eclipsing a recent upsurge in violence in Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro, compounded by local police threatening to go on strike over insufficient wages, and an ongoing political crisis, reports Xinhua.

Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer was quick to react to Thursday’s attack in the French resort of Nice, where a man plowed a truck into Bastille Day revelers, killing more than 80 people and injuring some 200.

Temer convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet to discuss what extra measures could be taken.

“We are going to have to intensify our control and security systems,” Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said afterwards, adding the tragedy in Nice showed “any tool, any instrument, any vehicle can serve as a medium for a terrorist act”.

Brazilian intelligence chief Sergio Etchegoyen, officially Chief Minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet, said residents will have to get used to “a lot of security” in coming days.

One of the measures adopted was to increase the buffer zone between Olympic venues and circulating traffic, as well as tightening controls for accessing the competition sites.

Other proposed measures include extending naval patrols of the city’s famed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema from the waterfront to inland streets.

A representative of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) travelled to Nice to receive information on the attack firsthand from the French authorities and secret services.

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