Independent (UK)

Brazilian police greet tourists with 'Welcome to Hell' sign at Rio airport

Brazilian emergency responders have a message for travelers arriving to the city just ahead of the 2016 Olympics: "Welcome to hell".

The photo, shared across social media platforms, is generating concern over whether or not Brazil is ready to host the Olympic. "Police and firefighters don't get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe," the sign reads. Another sign outside of the airport read, "Welcome, we don't have hospitals!".

Some 300 police held a rally on Monday rallied to protest unpaid wages and unsatisfactory working conditions. Some even claimed to have not received proper equipment for their jobs - down to basics such as gasoline for cars - and they lack even some of the most necessary of hygienic provisions. "At the stations we don't have paper or ink for the printers, there's no one to come in to clean and some stations don't have a water supply anymore so the toilets are not functioning," said an officer identified only as Andre, a member of an elite police unit, told the AFP. "Members of the public bring toilet paper to us.

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