Life imitates art as militarized forces prepare for World Cup
400 ‘Robocop’ style military police set to patrol the World Cup in Brazil next month closely resemble the cops depicted in Terry Gilliam’s cult 1985 classic film Brazil, in which a totalitarian government rules a dystopian society with a bureaucratic iron fist.
“The men are part of the elite BOPE unit of military police who operate in Rio de Janeiro and are usually on 24-hour standby to deal with the threats from terrorists – but they will now also deal with football hooligans who step out of line,” reports the Daily Mail.
The cops are armed with M16 and M4 carbine rifles as well as fragmentation and stun grenades. Should anyone be confused as to the friendliness of the unit, its logo features a skull impaled by a knife surrounded by two golden guns.
The robocop suit weighs 22lb and is flame resistant to up to 427C. The National Post also made the comparison between the gear worn by Rio police and the most recent Robocop movie. In reality, the Rio robocops look far more intimidating than the character played by Joel Kinnaman.
Former BOPE member Lieutenant Colonel Joao Soares Busnello warned fans traveling to the World Cup that they should refrain from consuming alcohol so as not to antagonize the robocops.
“If hooligans drink a lot of calpirinhas – our national cocktail – and does something crazy BOPE are the ones that will deal with him,” he stated.
Brazil is currently being rocked by riots, strikes and protests across the country as demonstrators express outrage at the cost of the World Cup and how schools and other sectors of the society have been neglected in favor of staging the soccer tournament, which has been dogged with allegations of scandal and corruption for years.
The fact that police in numerous countries worldwide are now more outwardly intimidating that anything that the creators of classic dystopian films and books could dream up illustrates how far society has slipped and now outstrips Orwell’s 1984 or Terry Gilliam’s Brazil in many ways.
– Infowars: Rio ‘Robocops’ Resemble Police From Dystopian Classic ‘Brazil’
– Daily Mail: Rio ‘Robocops’ Resemble Police From Dystopian Classic ‘Brazil’
– National Post: Brazil unveils ‘Robocop’ suit to protect super-elite police unit during World Cup
– The Guardian: Anti-World Cup protests across Brazil