When I started this blog I had the purpose of sharing the beauties of Rio with the World. After years feeling bad about this city during my whole youth, it seemed that I was beginning to see Rio from a different point of view. Things regarding to public security wore doing fine, as the crime rates seemed to be falling down and I wanted to train my eyes to see beauty in my personal routine of a middle-class housewife living in Rio. But since the moment the World Cup ended, being positive about Rio has been a hard job.
This last weekend we saw another round of violent scenes in Rio. From Friday to Sunday, gangs of thieves brought fear to the main neighborhoods of “Zona Sul”. Cariocas and tourists who were enjoying the beautiful sunny day at Arpoador, Ipanema and Copacabana had the chance to see with their own eyes teenagers robbing smartphones, wallets, handbags and being violent with their victims. During this week international media published something about it, as you can check here or here .
This is the city that will be hosting the Olympic Games in less than a year ! I’m very ashamed of that! I’m sorry but I really don’t feel comfortable to encourage people to come to Rio at this moment!! Although it would be even worse for Rio economy to start loosing the tourists, I have to follow my heart and be honest. Rio is not a safe city at this moment!! That’s it!!
Trying to stop this violence wave, Authorities said that Police tactics is going to change and that “Operação Verão” (Summer Operation), when police patrol is intensified for Summer,will be anticipated to start this next weekend. ( Although we are officially in spring time, the weather is already feeling like summer).
Let’s see how things gone come out, as the weather forecast promises hot temperatures and sunny days for this next weekend.
Hoping to share with you more positive posts with you soon!