Lounge For all non-motorcycle related discussion


 
Old October 18th @ 11:28 am   #1
buellrider's Avatar
 
From: In that old blue chair...

Motorcycle: FXB12RR
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian officials are insisting security won't be a problem for the 2016 Olympics despite drug-gang violence that plunged Rio de Janeiro into a day of bloody chaos just two weeks after it was picked to host the games.

An hourslong firefight between rival gangs in one of the city's slums killed at least 12 people, injured six and saw a police helicopter shot down and eight buses set on fire Saturday.

Police said Sunday that they killed two other suspected drug traffickers in overnight clashes near the Morro dos Macacos ("Monkey Hill") slum where the gangs fought for territory a day earlier, but otherwise the area was largely peaceful.

Two officers died and four were injured Saturday when bullets from the gang battle ripped into their helicopter hovering overhead, forcing it into a fiery crash landing on a soccer field. Officials said they did not know if the gangs targeted the helicopter or it was hit by stray bullets.

Gunfire on the ground killed 10 suspected gunmen and wounded two bystanders.

Authorities said the violence would only toughen their resolve to improve security ahead of the Olympics and before 2014, when Brazil will host the World Cup soccer tournament with key games in Rio, the country's second-biggest city.

Rio state Gov. Sergio Cabral grimly told reporters Saturday that the city's security challenges can't be cured "by magic in the short term." But he said that money is being poured into programs to reduce crime and that authorities are prepared to mount an overwhelming security presence at the sporting events to ensure safety.

"We told the International Olympic Committee that this won't be an easy thing, and they know that," Cabral said. "We can put 40,000 people on the streets - federal, state and municipal police - and pull off the event."

Saturday's fighting raged about five miles (eight kilometers) southwest of one of the zones where Rio's 2016 Olympics will be held.

It was on Oct. 2 that the city was chosen over Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the games. Rio alone among the bid cities was highlighted for questions about security ahead of the vote by the International Olympic Committee.

Rio is one of the world's most dangerous cities. Although violence is mostly contained within its sprawling shantytowns, it sometimes spills into posh beach neighborhoods and periodically shuts down a highway linking the international airport to tourist destinations.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has played down the threat of violence for the Olympics, saying Rio has repeatedly demonstrated it can put on big events without risks to participants. The Pan-American Games in 2007 were held without major incidents after authorities deployed 15,000 specially trained officers.

---

Associated Press Writers Marco Sibaja in Brasilia, Brazil, and Alan Clendenning and Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.

 
 
Old October 18th @ 11:49 am   #2
chaos_reigns_01's Avatar
 
From: 92H8

Motorcycle: a turbocharged vacuum... i upgraded my broom...
sounds like chicago.
 
 
Old October 19th @ 03:47 pm   #3
vegaseric's Avatar
 
From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
Quote:
Originally Posted by chaos_reigns_01 View Post
sounds like chicago.
not even close... but it's good to see that Brazil will get some funds to help reduce their ridiculous amount of violent crime.
 
 

Tags
2016, brazilian, olympics, ready, shooting, team



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Outdoor shooting ranges?? Glennyboyee Lounge 7 August 9th 02:05 pm
The 50 Hottest Female Olympians Of The 2008 Summer Olympics RisingPhoenix Lounge 3 August 22nd 11:36 am
Funniest moments of the 2008 Olympics 2upFZ1 Videos 0 August 20th 03:06 pm
Outdoor Gun Shooting RisingPhoenix Lounge 13 July 12th 06:18 pm


Sin City Sportbikes

About Sin City Sportbikes

Sin City Sportbikes is the premier motorcycle community for the Las Vegas, Nevada region and welcomes all motorcycle riders to joing our community, rides, and gatherings. We all share a passion of motorcycles, whether it be riding on the street, track, or dirt, and all experience levels are welcome.

Read More

 

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.