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As Olympics opening Day approaches, Brazilians take to the streets to protest

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 - 06:43 UTC
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Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Brazil on Sunday, some calling for the permanent ouster of suspended President Dilma Rousseff and others demanding her return to office.Rousseff was impeached and suspended in May for allegedly violating budget laws. A Senate trial on permanently removing her is expected in late August. Read full article

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  • Jack Bauer

    “Last Wednesday, members of Amnesty International protested outside the Summer Games headquarters in Rio de Janeiro against the killings committed by the police around the time of big sporting events in the city. According to organizers, police killed more than 40 people during May 2016 in the Olympic city alone”.
    Very laudable of Amnesty International to point out the number of killings by the police....however :
    They don't mention who the victims were.....innocent bystanders ? or perhaps drug dealers killed in shoot outs ? or common criminals, already warming up to assault (and kill, if necessary) the poor, naive tourists ?
    Does AI even bother to mention the number of cops killed by drug dealers, not just in shoot outs, but in ambushes, or in their own homes ? Of course not....that would make the criminals look bad.
    AI is hardly ever impartial, exactly the same as the Human Rights activists - whenever some criminal is taken prisoner, they rush to the Police precincts to guarantee the criminals' physical integrity, but when an innocent citizen is killed by the criminals, the HR activists disappear - they are never seen comforting the victims' families.
    I wonder why ?

    Aug 02nd, 2016 - 08:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Does anyone know if all the Olympic Village apartments are going to be used for social housing after the Olympics? It is much needed and I doubt the build is good enough to actually sell.

    The general public - tax-payers - are not allowed to use the new metro line for the duration of the games. Annoying for them in the short-term but understandable and I would guess it is also a nod to the safety of people attending the games. But presumably this is one expense that might benefit the public post-games.

    Aug 03rd, 2016 - 07:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @2
    The Olympic village consists of 31 highrises, with a total of 3600 apartments. The construction company in charge of the project has admitted that the crisis has affected the sale of the apartments, as so far they have sold only 5% of the total. By the prices they are asking , doesn't look like they will be used for 'social housing' ; the privileged location - at least as far as the 'cariocas' are concerned - translates into R$ 650,000.00 for the more 'modest' apartments, of 78 square metres, and R$ 4 million for the 450 sq.mt. rooftop flats.

    Aug 04th, 2016 - 06:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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