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Rio Run Amok

It's not hard to get a rise out of the powers that be in Rio de Janeiro. Just mention "crime" and "tourists" in the same breath. "I can name you 20 friends who have been mugged in Paris," snaps Rio state's secretary of public security, Marcelo Itagiba. "For tourists, Rio is as safe as Belgium," sniffs Alfredo Sirkis, city chief of urban planning. Prickliness aside, the authorities have a point: foreigners are by no means the main victims of Rio's busy bandits. But that is cold comfort to the...

RIO RUN AMOK

It's not hard to get a rise out of the powers that be in Rio de Janeiro. Just mention "crime" and "tourists" in the same breath. "I can name you 20 friends who have been mugged in Paris," snaps Rio state's secretary of public security, Marcelo Itagiba. "For tourists, Rio is as safe as Belgium," sniffs Alfredo Sirkis, city chief of urban planning. Prickliness aside, the authorities have a point: foreigners are by no means the main victims of Rio's busy bandits. But that is cold comfort to the...