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Anti-torch protest in Rio before Olympic Games begin

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By Euronews
Anti-torch protest in Rio before Olympic Games begin

<p>Riot police have fired tear gas and pepper spray at protesters who obstructed the route of the Olympic flame through a poor neighbourhood of Rio.</p> <p>In a neighbouring district hundreds of people also protested about the unpaid salaries of public workers in Rio state.</p> <p>There have been numerous “anti-torch” protests by Brazilians angry that the billions of dollars spent on the <a href="https://www.olympic.org/rio-2016">Olympic Games</a> could have been used to tackle poverty instead.</p> <p>Brazil is experiencing a deep recession and suffers from a large inequality gap between the rich and poor. It also suffers from high levels of crime.</p> <p>Last month Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes criticised city officials, saying that the police would be unable to cope with the violent crime that has made Rio infamous.</p> <p>The government is deploying additional police as well as soldiers to beef up security and has reassured visitors that Rio will be safe for them to visit.</p>