Heavy security planned for free Rolling Stones concert in Rio

Rio de Janeiro police are planning an unprecedented security showing for next month's free &to=http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2003/01/30/42790.html' target=_blank>Rolling Stones concert at the famed Copacabana beach, authorities said Saturday.

Rio's state police said it was possible that up to 10,000 police officers would be summoned to work the Feb. 18 beachside show.

"We don't have the exact number yet," Lt. Col. Aristeu Leonardo said. "It could end up being less than that, but we know it's a special event and we will be prepared."

Nearly 1 million people are expected to attend the event, organizers said.

On New Year's Eve, 3,000 officers were called up to work when more than 2 million people gathered at the Copacabana beach to watch a fireworks extravaganza that officials said was the largest in the city's history.

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