- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Violent protests a year ago during a warm-up tournament for the World Cup caught everyone by surprise, including police and troops who struggled daily to contain them.

Tear gas wafted into the Maracana stadium during the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain, and police and soldiers clashed with protesters just a few hundred meters (yards) from the Rio venue.

Social problems and rising prices that set off the protests a year ago still linger. Brazil will deploy hundreds of thousands of police, soldiers and security guards around the 12 venues, and up and down its long border with 10 other South American countries.

Here’s a look at the general security and crime picture with the World Cup just a month away.

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TROOPS, POLICE, AIR AND SEA

Brazil will deploy about 150,000 troops and police in the 12 cities - and an added 20,000 security guards. In addition, about 10,000 specially trained elite riot troops will be available. Last week Brazil also assigned 30,000 army, navy and air force troops to secure its 17,000-kilometers (10,600-mile) border against drug trafficking and smuggling.

Brazil has received training from several countries in dealing with crowd control. Brazilian officials have said the United States has contributed, as have France, Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany.

“We have cases of violence in our cities, violence with social origins, common crime, robberies,” Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said. “We are trying to contain this. We know our country may be harmed when this violence is seen by the world, as would any country where violence exists.”

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RIO BEEFS UP

In Rio, about 2,000 extra police have been put on the streets a month before the kickoff. Authorities were not planning to beef up until just before the June 12 kickoff.

“We’ve really perceived an increase in crimes. We’ve seen a gradual increase since the second half of last year,” Rio state security head Jose Beltrame said.

In March, muggings in the area around the Maracana doubled when compared to the same month the previous year, according to an analysis of police statistics from the O Globo newspaper.

The Maracana will play host to seven World Cup matches including the final on July 13.

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