Let the carnival begin!
That seems to be the spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s police and firefighters who have ended their strike, days before the world-famous celebrations.
With colleagues arrested amid the industrial action, getting them out of jail is the main concern now. However the strike could resume after the carnival, with officers’ pay demands still not met.
The news meant a peaceful start to informal street parades, as tourists gathered for the main event.
It was feared Rio could suffer the same fate as Brazil’s third biggest city Salvador where murders more than doubled during a police strike.
Yet long-term security concerns remain with Brazil hosting the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Rio police suspend strike ahead of carnival