Brasilia - Copa America hosts Brazil will deploy snipers and sniffer dogs for
the Latin American tournament kicking off Friday, as the soccer-mad
country braces for the influx of thousands of fans.
Around 10 000 private guards will be used to provide security inside
stadiums for the championship, while police will patrol outside as they
monitor for hooligans.
"With all our experience I can guarantee that we have the conditions
for a secure Copa America," Cesar Martinez, director of Integrated
Operations at the justice and security ministry, told AFP.
Brazil hosted the Confederations Cup in 2013, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 without any major incident.
The risk of violent fans infiltrating the tournament is one of the
biggest concerns for Brazil, which will stop known foreign hooligans
from entering the country.
Troublesome supporters identified by border control and immigration
officers will be turned back, while facial recognition technology will
be deployed at games.
Argentina has provided Brazil with a list of 5 000 fans with a
history of violence. The data base that includes the names of known
hooligans from other countries is being "updated daily," said Martinez.
Security will be stepped up at airports, hotels, roads used foreign delegations and tourist sites.
But unlike the Olympic Games, the military will not patrol the streets of Rio de Janeiro.