Jun 12, 2014, 8:18 AM EDT
Threats at international events are nothing new, but it may surprise you to read that World Cup organizers are just as, if not more, fearful of riots and protests than terrorists.
So while Nigeria has banned public World Cup viewings due to the threats of suicide bombings and other heinous acts of terrorism, the Brazil World Cup will be using everything from robots to tanks and even drones to keep people safe.
There is good reason for their unease: The hundreds of thousands of foreign fans attending the games that begin Thursday — including nearly 100,000 Americans — will be parachuting into a country beset by widespread and deadly political unrest that at its height drew 1 million people to the streets last year, a murder rate that is among the highest in the world and a growing drug-trafficking problem.
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And as if to reinforce the idea of safety, there is security visible everywhere.
Opening morning of the World Cup and two submarines on patrol directly off Copacabana Beach. http://t.co/FX17k9Kf8w
— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) June 12, 2014
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