Rio 2016 committee confident despite police strike

Rio Olympic organizers say they are confident preparations for

the 2016 Games won’t be affected by the police strike that is

threatening to disrupt Carnival celebrations in the city.

Rio’s Olympic committee said in a statement to The Associated

Press on Friday that it remains ”fully confident” in the public

security policies in place in the city.

The committee says the Olympics and the test events scheduled

before the games will take place as usual.

Rio state officers went on strike late Thursday to demand a

salary increase, prompting fears of an increase in violence.

The Olympic committee says a democratic state such as Brazil

must allow workers to make demands, adding that ”common sense”

and ”dialogue” should prevail.