Brazil: For Brazilians, security is their No. 1 concern / Robert Muggah Ilona Szabo de Carvalho

Brazil’s murder rate is almost three times what the UN classifies as epidemic but its federal government isn’t trying to improve safety.

During massive street protests in Brazil in 2013, insecurity was cited as one of the top priorities but the government plan in response to the demostrations ignored the issue.

With the World Cup coming to town next week, Brazilians are busily preparing for a party. But keep your wits about you if you want to join in — these are dark days for Brazil.
The country now registers the highest homicide rate in more than three decades. According to recently released data, 56,000 citizens were violently killed in 2012. And 15 of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities are located there. Hardly surprising, recent polls suggest that security tops Brazilians’ agenda as the No. 1 concern, ahead of education and health. With all this bad news, you might think the federal government is busily preparing a national strategy to improve safety. You would be dead wrong. SEE MORE…

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