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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Rage in Rio
by Stephen Lendman
Held during dire economic times amidst massive corruption scandals, the Rio 2016 XXXI Olympiad began with a bang, its flamboyant opening ceremony blackened by justifiable street rage.
Sponsored by an illegitimate US-supported coup d’etat regime, the event’s dark side was exposed before competition began.
Russia’s entire track and field team was unfairly banned. Washington’s failed attempt to have all its athletes excluded over doping allegations against some showed the politicization of Olympic competition. At its best, it’s more spectacle than sport.
Police attacked hundreds of protesters near Maracana Stadium, site of Thursday night’s opening ceremony. They expressed justifiable anger against a coup d’etat regime, rife with corruption, attacking social justice, force-feeding neoliberal harshness, serving Brazil’s monied interests at the expense of most others.
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