Rio violence leaves little confidence in public security

Taylor Barnes – USA Today, 06/27/2016

Should Olympic visitors be in a hurry to get to sporting events when they arrive in Rio’s international airport, they’ll hop on the accordion-pleated double buses of the new Bus Rapid Transit line. It takes riders on a smooth ride from the northern edge of the city on through Rio’s west zone, where 21 Olympic arenas and venues are located.

The key link between Rio’s north and west is a neighborhood called Praça Seca, where you’ll likely see locals buying handicrafts on its dirt-floored plaza and kids in blue-and-white uniforms streaming out of an elementary school.

On a bright Sunday in June, however, residents going about their weekend errands stumbled across another sight: the bodies of three young men wrapped in sheets and left in front of the school.

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