: Protests spark in Rio as Olympic flame arrives

11:42 Aug. 4, 2016

Protests spark in Rio as Olympic flame arrives

Brazillian police and military surrounde Olympic torch relay runner Milton Cunhaas he made his way from Cidade do Samba in central Rio de Janeiro Wednesday morning GettyImages Photo)

Police used tear gas, rubber bulles to disperse the demonstration 

Hundreds of people gathered in Rio De Janeiro in protest against the Games of the XXXi Olympiad as Olympic flame arrived in the city. They blocked the road where the Flame was supposed to be carried, according to Deutsche Welle. 

Read also: Ukraine flag raised in Rio's Olympic village (video)

Local students and teachers reportedly took part in the demonstration. They protested against the heavy expenses the country had incurred while organizing the sports event.

Police used tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to disperse the rally. Local media reported, three people were injured in dispersing, including a 10-year-old girl. The organizers of the Olympic flame event had to change their route and started it an hour later.

Read also: RFE/RL: IOC panel to Issue final rulings on Olympic bans for Russians

The Olympic Games are about to begin in Brazil as the country plunges into economic and political crisis.  Several million people demonstrated against the country's President Dilma Rousseff in early 2016, who later was impeached and suspended.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to start in Rio tomorrow, August 5. Ukraine is among 207 countries that take part in the competition. 206 Ukrainian athletes will compete for the right to be called the best in the world. 

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