Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer
By Jamie Trecker
Brazilian security forces sent out the alert at 8:14 local time: avoid the TV tower and stay off the roads.
Security forces worked to “sanitize” the area around the Garrincha, closing off roads, trying to divert cars and pedestrians. They separated the people into two streams: the folks in yellow, and everyone else. The ones in yellow were going to see their national team play; everyone else was going to sit in the road and block the way in.
Some 57,000 security forces have been deployed across the country. I know, because I got a press release that was supposed to be reassuring. It sounded desperate instead.