Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Army sent in: Brazil’s president has put the army in charge of security in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in response to a rise in street crime and deadly gang violence. Earlier this month, Rio’s carnival was marred by street robberies, looting and gunfights in which three police officers were killed – prompting the state governor to appeal to the federal government for military help. “I am taking these extreme measures because circumstances demand it,” said President Michel Temer, who likened gang violence to a “cancer”, and conceded that organised criminals had all but seized control of Rio state. Security in Rio is now in the hands of General Walter Souza Braga Netto, who oversaw security at the Rio Olympics.