As the Games end, what happens to daily life in Rio?

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks on stage (Reuters)
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks on stage (Reuters)

As the curtains fall on the closing ceremony, many Brazilians are worried about what will happen when the spotlight fades.

Much of the security risks and social problems that plague Rio de Janeiro are now known to the world. But will that improve their situation or just deter tourism?

As Newshub filmed human rights campaigner Monica Cunha walking through central Rio, City Hall guards turn up. Ms Cunha says they don't want international media to highlight the problem of homelessness.

The politicians tried to hide the problems and put a lot of people in juvenile detention centres; they tried to clean the streets in order to hide reality from foreigners, but now there are overcrowded prisons, she says.

Ms Cunha is no fan of Brazilian authorities. Her son was 20 when he was shot by police in a case of mistaken identity and 13 years later it's still raw.

Around 100 people are believed to have been shot by police in Rio this year alone - it happens so frequently, they're not even reported in the local papers.  

"We are being oppressed by the military," says Ms Cunha.

"There have been shootings happening inside favelas that are not being publicised, and we only know about it because of WhatsApp groups. The Olympics has been more dangerous for us."

Amnesty International has been gathering the stats on gun shootings during the Games and it hasn't counted the overall total yet, but what it already knows is that in one week, 32 people were injured in gun shootings and 14 people were killed - three of whom were security guards.

But Julia Michaels writes a blog on daily life in Rio and says the 85,000-strong security force has made the city safer during the Olympics, but most of them will leave now and the ones who stay behind have threatened to strike.

"We know that the state pays the police here and it has no money to do that, and that was already a problem," says Ms Michaels.

"They had to get money from the federal government to be able to pay the police in these last weeks, so it really is a question of how will we be protected and who will protect us?"

Ms Michaels worries it will put off tourists, but one thing that can't be taken away from the Brazilians is a raft of transport developments, including a new light rail system built to boost tourism.

It's just hoped the tourists continue to come.