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olympic notes

Brazilian protests concern Olympic Committee

A million people in the street railing against the government in more than 100 Brazilian cities? Not exactly what the International Olympic Committee envisioned when it awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. But that’s the unsettling reality, with the Games now three summers away.

What began in Sao Paulo as a protest against transit fare hikes has become a widespread outpouring of anger and disgust over high taxes and corrupt politicians who are spending an estimated $30 billion on next year’s soccer World Cup and the Olympics at the expense of housing, health, and education.

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