Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    4 / -8   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Chaos in Brazilian resort threatens Carnival festivities

(Xinhua)

09:08, February 09, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing unrest in Salvador, triggered by a police strike that already lasted nine days, is now threatening the Brazilian resort's world-renowned Carnival festivities.

Salvador, located in the northeastern state of Bahia, is long known for its tropical allure, beautiful beaches and historic sites. Along with Rio, the city hosts the annual Carnival festivities, which start next week and last several days, during which a total of 500,000 tourists are expected to come.

But for the past nine days after the city's policemen went on strike for better pay and working conditions, Salvador has been plagued by a crime wave that has left 123 murders so far.

Federal troops were called in to beef up security, but an atmosphere of fear and tension reigns in the city. On Tuesday, the troops clashed with the policemen at the state assembly building where the protesters have been camping out since last week. The incident left six people injured.

Besides the murders, robberies have also been reported, and shops had to close due to insecurity. Courts are working in a partial capacity, dealing only with urgent cases. The public school teachers' union recommended the beginning of the school year to be postponed. Several private schools have also postponed the beginning of classes.

【1】 【2】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:张茜)

Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Third art work exhibition of college students

  2. Entrance examination at Beijing Film Academy

  3. South Korea holds annual military winter drill

  4. Breaking ice for harbor seals in Yantai

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Why China vetoes UN draft resolution for Syria issue
  2. Syria becomes focus of struggle among big powers
  3. Preventing UNSC from becoming a rubber stamp
  4. Drums of war beating again in Middle East
  5. American society at crossroads
  6. Values are thin excuses to start new wars
  7. Li Ning to lower costs, improve effeciency
  8. EU cannot act as sole toll bearer of the skies
  9. Avoiding civil war in Syria
  10. Trade essential for growth

What's happening in China

Central bank: No cats on 100-yuan note

  1. Public asked to name model police officers
  2. Location confirmed for vehicles forced into river
  3. Beijing to plant more trees to combat pollution
  4. Heavy snow traps 40 on Tibet highway
  5. P2P lending a new platform for micro loans

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai