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Rio unleashes "pee patrols" to clean up Carnival

Published on Feb 7, 2013 7:11 AM
 
A man urinates during the annual block party known as the "Simpatia e Quase Amor" during pre-carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro Feb 2, 2013. Rio de Janeiro has in recent years evicted drug dealers from hillside slums, carved fast-moving bus lanes into sclerotic streets, and cracked down on unauthorised food vendors along the city's 93km of beaches. Now, as they gear up for the 2013 Carnival, officials are taking aim at another old Rio scourge: public urinating. Picture taken Feb 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - Rio de Janeiro has in recent years evicted drug dealers from hillside slums, carved fast-moving bus lanes into sclerotic streets, and cracked down on unauthorised food vendors along the city's 93km of beaches.

Now, as they gear up for the 2013 Carnival, officials are taking aim at another old Rio scourge: public urinating.

Urine flows as freely during Rio's famous annual festivities as beer and the cane liquor known as cachaça.

For as long as locals remember, the sight of people relieving themselves - and the stench of their steamy puddles - has been as much a part of Carnival as half-naked women, samba schools, drag queens, body paint, and drunk and sun-burned foreigners.

 
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