A couple remains at a restaurant in Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 27, 2017. AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL
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Paulo Sergio, who owns Bar do Serginho in the Brazilian city's trendy Santa Teresa area, says he has been the target of a dozen assaults over the last year.All of Rio is experiencing rising insecurity but the crime wave in Santa Teresa is especially bad, and threatens to kill the city's party spirit.Brazil's government has sent almost 10,000 troops to help the police in Rio de Janeiro state, which is nearly bankrupt after years of corruption and hosting last year's Olympics.When taxis refuse to take passengers to Santa Teresa, one restaurant offers to pick them up and bring them home free of charge.
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