Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Brazil no Iraq or Afghanistan: sports minister  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 08/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab Times) O de janeiro may 7 (afp): brazilian sports minister aldo rebelo admitted tuesday the world cup faced 'serious' security problems ? but said the country was not a war zone like iraq or afghanistan. riots rocked rio de janeiro's famous copacabana beach district last month and fears about safety for thousands of football fans visiting brazil were heightened last week by the fatal shooting of man during a clash with police close to the england team hotel in the city. 'we all have our tragedies and challenges serious problems relating to security' said rebelo as he embarked on a spirited defense of brazil which is racing to be ready to host the world cup from june 12 and has had to deal with years of negative press headlines. but calling for perspective he said: 'i don't think the english will confront greater threats in manaus than in the iraqi provinces or afghanistan where they recently lost hundreds of young soldiers.' he did though concede that in rio in particular which hosts seven games including the final on july 13 there is 'day-to-day civil violence ... but we are taking precautions.' that includes drafting a huge security force of 150000 police and 20000 private security agents for a tournament expected to attract some three million brazilians and 600000 foreign tourists. rio authorities deployed 2000 more police this week ? earlier than scheduled ? after the clashes between military police and residents of a slum just a short walk from the copacabana beach tourist drag. copacabana will host rio's 'fan fest' parties during the world cup for ticketless supporters staying in a city whose huge slums are havens of gang violence and drug trafficking which police are struggling to contain. rebelo also took aim at the british tabloid media for stories about crime in manaus ? where england open their tournament campaign against italy on june 14. one report last year headlined 'murderous manaus' described the city as 'one of the deadliest places on earth' with a homicide rate of three murders per day ? triple that of rio. england coach roy hodgson admitted his team had wanted to avoid the venue not least for its energy-sapping amazon heat. 'the english got used to hot temperatures during the colonial era ? and the iraq war' rebelo said in a not-so-subtle dig. while saluting brazil's 'firm links with britain' he could not resist an additional barb. noting the northeastern coastal city of recife hosts a british cemetery a relic of a sea-faring colonial power's historic tropical adventures he said: 'i don't think its population will rise because of the world cup!' rebelo said violence had rocked several sporting events around the world in the past citing the munich olympics massacre and the 1996 atlanta olympics bombing as well as suicide bombings in the lead-up to the sochi olympics in february. france also got the rebelo treatment for 'frequent problems in the metro' in paris ? while social problems sometimes had seen its suburbs erupt 'in flames.' promising 'modern sophisticated' security for the world cup rebelo said brazil would cope with popular protests expected to occur during the event ? some brazilians have slammed corruption and the cup costs estimated at more than 11 billion. 'brazil has constitutional protection for demonstrations but the law prohibits violent protests' he warned. 'we will do everything to protect the population. we have our deficiencies but will tackle the problems and overcome them.'


 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi stocks buck trend with healthy gainsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index bucked the three-day prevailing downward trend and logged a sharp gain of 2.39 percent on Sunday.The index opened with a largely ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi- NCB pledges conversion to Islamic bank after pressure from scholarsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Inaugurates Milipol Qatar 2014Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani inaugurated the 10th ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Commander of Turkey's Aegean ArmyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Commander of Aegean Army General Abdullah Atay and ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Iran's Police ChiefQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Chief of Iran's National Police Forces Commander Ismael Ahmadi and the ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Israeli Forces Arrest Four Palestinians from Bethlehem and HebronQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli forces arrested early Monday four Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron districts, said security sources. Large Israeli troops raided the town of Taqou‘ to the east of ...

 Oct 20 2014 - 20 million to vacation abroad by 2030Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of Saudi vacationers spending their holidays abroad will increase sixfold by 2030 a local study revealed.The study carried out by a company specializing in travel ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Student's death in US: Cousin reveals detailsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found late on Thursday more than a month after he went missing are flying to Los ...

 Oct 20 2014 - King orders free treatment for people with special needsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay the treatment costs of people with disabilities at rehabilitation centers. ...

 Oct 20 2014 - S. Korea's Int'l Airline Traffic Grows 9.12 in Q3Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul October 20 (QNA) - South Korea's international airline traffic rose 9.1% from a year earlier in the third quarter partly on a rise in the number of flights to and ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help