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By Darek Michael Wajda

Less than two months before the Olympics, Brazilian first responders made a statement intended for an international audience.

Upon arrival to the Rio de Janeiro — Galeão International Airport, police, firefighters, and other first responders held signs that read, "Welcome to Hell."

Soldiers of the Brazilian Army take positions at a checkpoint during a security operation at Mare Complex shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 1, 2015 (Photo credit YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images