Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Olympic Spirit

What does the Olympic Games mean today? Oppression, tear gas, and rubber bullets:

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to clear protesters in the path of the Olympic torch in a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before South America's first Olympic Games open under tight security.


Police said anti-government protesters in Duque de Caixas, on Rio's north side, threw rocks and blocked the torch's path.

Police dispersed them with pepper spray and rubber bullets. A video of the incident spurred social media criticism of the police and amplified complaints that the Games ignored the poor.


Three people were injured by rubber bullets, including a 10-year-old girl, local media reported.

The Olympics: they're about shooting the poor. Sounds like a good reason not to have anything to do with them.