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Armoured cars, soldiers in camouflage secure Rio Olympics

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Brazilian soldiers were on the streets yesterday checking out spots around the city that will get intense security when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics open in just under four weeks.

Armoured vehicles and trucks carrying troops were accompanied by soldiers decked out in camouflage gear and matching helmets with rifles slung over the shoulders.

The soldiers covered the city from Copacabana Beach to the central train station to the renovated port area.

The one-day show of force was intense, with the full security deployment expected to start later this month. The Olympics open on August 5.

The crime-plagued city of Rio de Janeiro will use about 85,000 soldiers and police to secure the games, about twice as many as London four years ago.