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88,000 troops, police on patrol as Rio games begin

Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:13

After a string of attacks in Europe and the U.S., Brazil is ramping up security at and around the Olympic games, deploying some 88,000 troops and police. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Security at Rio's Olympic park has been ramped up on this, the Olympics opening day. Soldiers are searching cars entering the compound and doing foot patrols inside. But it's not just at the Olympic facilities. Brazil is deploying the military to Rio's iconic tourist sites and heavily armed police are patrolling the streets. 88,000 personnel in all. A security measure, against what officials say is the "minimal" chance of an attack, and to deter violent street crime, for which Rio is notorious. The military presence is designed to put residents and visitors at ease as the city welcomes half a million tourists for the Games. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) 22-YEAR-OLD LOCAL RESIDENT RODRIGO SAYING: "There is an enormous contingent of troops, all kinds of troops and national guards. It's really interesting, but I don't know how it will be when it all starts. " After a string of deadly attacks elsewhere in the world -- from Europe to the United States - Brazil's taking no chances …. as it gets ready to host one of the largest public celebrations of the year.

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88,000 troops, police on patrol as Rio games begin

Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:13