"A strike by police in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro that threatens to disrupt upcoming carnival festivities has raised new questions about security before the 2014 World Cup. Brazil stood ready to deploy troops on the streets of Rio de Janeiro city as the police strike for higher wages began on Friday, following an ongoing walkout by police in the northeastern state of Bahia. The Rio strike comes just one week before the city's famous carnival celebrations and coincides with the start of hundreds of informal street parades, known as blocos. Protest leaders said they hoped to reach an agreement with state officials soon."
One would think that with all the money that stands to be lost over disruption of Carnival and the upcoming World Cup that Brazil will meet the wage demands of the police. However, while witnessing Collapse, what was once thought unimaginable is becoming the norm. -- JB, Supervising Editor