Rio protests warning issued

Rio protests warning issued

British visitors to the Olympic Games have been warned of protests due to take place in Rio de Janeiro today.

“Roads and public transport are likely to be disrupted,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in updated travel advice.

“Avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.”

The demonstrations are expected in the Centro area of Rio with the focal point due to be Cinelândia.

The FCO added: “A number of tourists in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics have reported thefts and robberies around Rio’s beaches  -particularly Copacabana and Ipanema - and in Lapa and Santa Teresa.

“Attempted robberies have been reported on the walking trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Avoid carrying valuables and never leave your belongings unattended in public. Be particularly vigilant and never resist attackers.”

Rio’s Santos Dumont domestic airport is due to close on afternoons until tomorrow. Affected flights are expected to be diverted to Rio’s international airport.


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