Local reports assure the Russian consul in Rio de Janeiro, killed a carjacker on a crowded street near the Olympic Park. Controversy about the shooter’s identity has sparkled along with more Olympic security concerns.
The carjacker was killed by his gun when he tried to rob a man in a BMW X6, the shooter claims to be a Russian consul with Brazilian origins. The body of the carjacker was left on the busy street of Avenida das Américas, as Rio police started investigating the killing. According to initial reports, the body of the carjacker was left on the busy street as Rio police started investigating the murder. Meanwhile, the Russian embassy claims the shooter is not a member of their staff.
Marcos Cesar Feres Braga was identified as the 60-year old man that shot the carjacker. Braga, claims to be a Brazilian lawyer and the Russian vice-consul in Rio de Janeiro.
Local reports inform Braga was in a vehicle along with his wife and daughter when two motorcycles arrived and surrounded the car on each window. One of the carjackers broke the driver’s window and claimed for the man’s watch. Braga, who has jiu-jitsu training, grabbed the robber and pushed him into the car as he got a hold of the carjackers gun to shoot him to death in the middle of the street.
“The embassy of Russia in Brazil informs that no representative of the Russian consul general in Rio de Janeiro was involved in the attempted assault that ended with the death of the suspect this Thursday,” said the Russian embassy in a written statement for The Guardian.
Russian authorities continued to explain that to work for the organization; subjects must be Russian citizens with Russian names and since the Vienna Convention in 1961, laws forbid to host nationals of countries as diplomats.
Security concerns and riots against the Olympics
The Russian controversial shooting is not the first violent event during this 2016 Olympics in Rio. Several street muggings have happened along with sanitarian crisis and health concerns. Brazil has been in the eye of the hurricane since the announcement of the 2016 Olympics since the country is facing an overall crisis that includes a controversial president, the greatest recession in 100 years and Zika concerns.
Many riots have occurred in the country for several reasons, and the Olympics are one of them. Just days ago, protesters were submitted by police forces using stun grenades and tear gas to clear the path for the Olympic torch to pass.
Meanwhile, Olympics attendees had experienced discomforts in the Olympic villages that weren’t finished when they arrived. The Australian team has faced robberies and a fire that started in their community. Health concerns also include the Zika virus and the country’s lack of prevention methods for both athletes and attendees.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m local times with welcoming speeches and a parade of athletes. An opening act is expected to take place, showing Rio de Janeiro and Brazil culture with traditional dances and music, there are expected around 80,000 spectators for the opening act.
Previous declarations have stated the opening ceremony wants to reflect Brazilian traditions as well as the hope the country has of overcoming current situations and crisis.
6.000 volunteers will dance along the choreography made by the famous Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker in front of 100 officials and guests of several countries that includes the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri.
Source: The Guardian