RIO DE JANEIRO – Police units in the 12 Brazilian states where matches will be played during the 2014 soccer World Cup in June received masks inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader to equip their anti-riot officers, the firm that provided the gear reported.
The masks – which besides being designed to have a psychological effect protect the officers against gas attacks, allow them to withstand high temperatures and have a visor that does not fog up and a voice amplifier – were presented at the LAAD International Public and Corporate Security Fair, the largest of its kind in Latin America and which kicked off Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. […]
According to what the company said in a communique, the police hope to use the masks to “inhibit the ‘black blocks,’” a group that defends the use of violence at protests and which caused several incidents during the demonstrations for better public services staged in many Brazilian cities last year. […]