In Recife, one of the World Cup’s host cities, a crime wave has been happening since the military police – responsible for urban security – went on strike.
As of today the strike officially ended, but the images are disturbing considering the city will host the World Cup in a few weeks.
With almost no security at all, bandits have been robbing, assaulting and executing “arrastões”, collective robbery, in most neighborhoods of the city.
The government was forced to send troops of the National Guard to secure Recife, one of the country’s biggest cities. Classes have been canceled at schools and universities, and commerce had to close theirs doors earlier than usual.
It is rising again, however. And it should also be noted that a lot of deaths are recorded as “Unexplained”, and don’t make the murder statistics. Bodies are regularly dumped in the jungle outside of big cities and, if ever found, recorded as unexplained.
In the order they feature in the list:
49) Brasilia scrapes into the Top 50 with 29 murders per 100,000 people.
48) Belo Horizonte barely scrapes in, too, with 29 murders per 100,000 people.
42) Curitiba is next on the list with 34 murders per 100,000 people.
30) Recife had 44 murders per 100,000 people.
28) Cuiaba had 45 per 100,000.
14) Salvador had 65 murders per 100,000 people.
13) Fortaleza tied with Salvador.
11) Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon, had 70 murders for every 100,000 people.
No. 1 on the list is San Pedro Sula in the Honduras, with 169 murders for every 100,000 citizens, followed by cities in Venezuela and Mexico. A total of 15 Brazilian cities are featured on the list.
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