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As authorities in Brazil tackled crime earlier this decade, opening Rio de Janeiro's hillside favelas to tourists seemed like a winning idea. The views are breathtaking, the slum residents could cash in, and foreign visitors would see another part of the city – not just Copacabana beach.Now soaring violence in the hillside communities is rekindling a concern: Are favelas safe to visit?This year, Rio has seen an estimated average of 15 shootings a day involving police and heavily armed gangs.In 2015, Rio made $5 billion from tourism.While tourists have occasionally been shot after accidentally veering into favelas, the recent death of a Spanish tourist at the hands of police put a spotlight on insecurity in Rio and its slums.In response to the shooting, tourism and security authorities have created a committee to regulate tourism in slums.Armstrong, the favela tour guide, said he worries authorities are transferring the blame for the tourist's death from the police to the tourism sector.
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