Protests, strikes and an avalanche of urban violence will pose a challenge to the security plans for ​​Brazil for the World Cup 2014. Indeed, Brazil is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, with a number of cities having an incredibly high murder rate. In fact, according to Business Insider, out of the top 30 most dangerous cities in the world, 11 are in the World Cup host nation. Dilma Rousseff's government has assured it will mobilize 157,000 police and soldiers across the country.

Latin America as a whole is the most dangerous region of the world: as Insider points out, "Despite having around 9% of the world's population, the region is home to 28% of the world's murders, according to the United Nations." The most dangerous city in the world is San Pedro Sula, Honduras which in 2013 had 169.30 homicides per 100,000 residents. However, a number of Brazilian cities also featured prominently on the list. Below is a list of the 7 most dangerous cities in Brazil.

7. São Luís, Brazil had 50.16 homicides per 100,000 residents. 6. Vitoria, Brazil had 60.40 homicides per 100,000 residents. 5. Salvador (and RMS), Brazil had 65.64 homicides per 100,000 residents. 4. Fortaleza, Brazil had 66.39 homicides per 100,000 residents. 3. Manaus, Brazil had 70.37 homicides per 100,000 residents. 2. João Pessoa, Brazil had 71.59 homicides per 100,000 residents. 1. Maceió, Brazil had 85.88 homicides per 100,000 residents.