Mass robberies on Rio de Janeiro's beaches worry bathers, threaten social inclusion on sands

February 6, 2015 7:45 PM

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Mass robberies on Rio de Janeiro's beaches worry bathers, threaten social inclusion on sands

In this Jan. 18, 2015 photo, people gather at the artificial beach Piscinao de Ramos or the “Big Pool of Ramos” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An arguably unprecedented wave of robberies in recent weeks are taking place a year and a half before Rio plays host to the 2016 summer Olympics. People are seeking alternatives for their beach time because of the mass robberies known in Portuguese as “arrastoes,” or “dragnets.” In the attacks, groups of youth run through a beach crowd, sparking panic and grabbing cell phones, necklaces and other valuables as sun bathers run willy-nilly. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) (The Associated Press)

In this Jan. 20, 2015 photo, police officers search bus commuters on their way to the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A recent wave of robberies _ known in Portuguese as “arrastoes,” which literally translates as “dragnets,” has elicited a swift and sweeping police response, including police roadbl...

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