Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Southern Pulse has launched a security monitoring service called the Brazil Pulse (www.BrazilPulse.com
) that focuses on every city in Brazil where the World Cup games will take place. The service began on May 25, 2014 and will run through August 1, 2014.
If you would like to receive more information, simply reply to this email or visit the website. Otherwise, please forward to the relevant people in your organization who are responsible for security concerns in Brazil.
A few headlines from our reporters on the ground:
Two Protests in São Paulo Today
On 27 May 2014, at least two protests could cause disruptions in São Paulo. In the morning, starting at 06:00, local time, the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) occupied the Praça da Sé, protesting against the removal of a number of families from an abandoned building. Another, larger, protest is expected at 16:00, local time, and will be held by the municipal teachers union. Local teachers are currently on strike and are likely to mobilize 5,000 members, closing down Av. Paulista in front of MASP. City traffic officials are partially on strike, making any disruption from protests worse as the city will not be able to redirect traffic optimally.
Bus Strike Stumbles in Rio
On 28 May 2014, a union dissident group of public transportation workers failed to stage a successful strike with Rio de Janeiro's bus drivers and fare collectors. Roughly 90 percent of the bus fleet is operating, unlike similar strikes in the past two weeks which say less the 30 percent of the fleet on the streets. Nevertheless bus users are complaining about delays throughout the city, and buses are picking up passengers beyond their permitted capacity.
Dengue Fever Looms Over Natal, Fortaleza and Recife
On 27 May 2014, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation released a report stating that host cities Fortaleza, Natal and Recife have an elevated chance of hosting a Dengue fever epidemic during the World Cup (46 percent; 49 percent; and 19 percent respectively), though they have not reached the necessary metric (300 infections per 100,000 people). Ministry of Health officials continue to cautiously monitor public health data and trends, yet do not expect an above average affliction of the virus during the World Cup.
Army Trains for Radioactive Attack in Porto Alegre
On 28 May 2014, the Brazilian Army organized an emergency training session nearby the Beira-Rio stadium. The simulation gathered over 11 different government agencies and is simulating the use of radioactive material as a terrorist attack against the FIFA World Cup. Streets around the stadium were closed for 40 minutes as the simulation occurred.
Teachers Maintain Protests in Rio
On 28 May 2014, the Rio de Janeiro teachers union organized a protest in front of city hall. The protest closed down Avenida President Vargas, and the protestors are currently marching towards the neighborhood of Santo Cristo. Expect the closure of Rua Bento Ribeiro and the João Ricardo tunnel as they make their way to the main Municipal Secretariat for Education building.