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Brazilian troops occupy Rio de Janeiro slum in order to quell recent surge in violence ahead of World Cup in June
Brazilian troops occupy Rio de Janeiro slum in order to quell recent surge in violence ahead of World Cup in June
(Reuters)

STEPHANIE NOLEN

Viral video prompts the question: Is Rio ready to play host?

In an incident that does nothing at all for the image of Rio de Janeiro, a woman doing an TV interview about high crime rates in the city was robbed as the camera rolled.

The attack, captured by GloboTV, is the current internet sensation in Brazil. It comes just 60 days before Rio is set to play host to key games in the FIFA World Cup, feeding a widespread feeling in the city that it is hopelessly unprepared to welcome tens of thousands of visitors.