Homicides in Rio de Janeiro Spike 38.9 Percent Since 2015

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the bad news piles up for Brazil and Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics, last week on May 19th the Public Security Institute (ISP) released their state security crime report for the month of April with an alarming increase in homicides. In April 2016, 471 homicides were reported, a 38.9 percent increase over April 2015, which had 339 reported.

Another discouraging statistic is that the homicides in the state grew for the fourth consecutive month, between January to April 2016. This also represents a 15.4 percent . . .

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