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Police greet visitors to Rio with signs saying 'Welcome to hell'

Police greet visitors to Rio with signs saying 'Welcome to hell'

“Welcome to Hell.”

“Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe.” 

Tourists arriving in the city one month before the Olympic Games have been greeted by police and firefighters with signs bearing those words, as part of a protest against the state government. 

As Rio de Janeiro state confronts a fiscal crisis, it has delayed payments to these and other public workers and sought emergency funds from the federal government. 

Police and security personnel in Rio de Janeiro are regularly overseen by the state government — which is broke — while the Olympic Games are under the jurisdiction of...

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