By Marion V. Ali, Staff Reporter
Brazil has initiated a massive military operation to patrol its borders leading up to next month’s World Cup.
In what Brazil calls its single largest mobilisation ever, more than 30,000 members from the army, navy and air force are patroling the borders.
But even with all this preparation, there are still concerns over whether some venues for the tournament will be ready in time. Coupled with that, authorities are concerned over street protests against the cost of holding the event.
The border security operation dubbed Agata targets illegal immigration and drugs and arms smuggling. The troops also monitor rivers and lakes as part of their operations in Brazil’s dense jungle.
More than 600,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Brazil for this year’s tournament, scheduled from June 12 and July 13.