Lula offers $58m to tackle Rio violence

The violence raised safety concerns for 2016 Olympics, which Rio was elected to host just over two weeks ago.

Reuters reports that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with Rio state Governor Sergio Cabral yesterday, and said afterwards: “Whatever the governor wants, we are ready to make all sacrifices to clean up the mess that these people impose on Brazil and the world.”

Three police officers, 12 suspected drug traffickers and two civilians were killed in the weekend’s violence, which saw drug gangs battle the police and each other. A police helicopter was shot down over the “Hill of Monkeys”, and at least eight buses were set on fire.

“We still have a lot to do, we have a long way to go and what happened this weekend showed that,” Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes said at an event in London on Monday.

“We are sure by 2016 we will deliver the games and hopefully in a way that the city will be more peaceful and secure for all our citizens.”