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Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics—Black Lives Matter Activists March in Solidarity with Brazil

Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics—Black Lives Matter Activists March in Solidarity with Brazil

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[three_fourth padding=”0 0px 0 0px”]Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics—Black Lives Matter Activists March in Solidarity with Brazil
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It’s becoming quite apparent that black lives are being snuffed out by police globally (see Canada and France).

BY   Erin C.J. Robertson  |  PUBLICATION   OKAYAFRICA 

Since 2009, police in Rio de Janeiro have killed 2,500 people, according to the AJ+ video below. And between 2013 and 2015 police killings of black people, particularly young black men, in Brazil’s favela (slums) surged 54 percent with a total of 645 people’s lives, mostly young black men, cut short in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games host city alone, according to an Amnesty International report. And as of June 2016, police in Rio have already killed 100 people.

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Preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics have meant a greater police presence in the favelas—65,000 police officers and 20,000 soldiers have been deployed for the latter—and as their presence have increased so have the deaths among Brazil’s black population that have been confined there disproportionately.

The Summer Olympic Games or the Games of the Olympiad (French: Jeux olympiques d’été), first held in 1896, are an international multi-sport event, occurring every four years, organized by the International Olympic Committee. Medals are awarded in each event, with gold medals for first place, silver for second and bronze for third, a tradition that started in 1904. The Winter Olympic Games were also created due to the success of the Summer Olympics.

The Olympics have increased in scope from a 42-event competition with fewer than 250 male competitors from 14 nations in 1896 to 302 events with 10,768 competitors (5,992 men, 4,776 women) from 204 nations in 2012.

Eighteen countries have hosted the Summer Olympics, with Great Britain 2012 being the most recent. The United States has hosted four Summer Olympics (1904, 1932, 1984, and 1996), more than any other nation, and Great Britain has hosted three Summer Olympics (1908, 1948, and 2012), all in London. Three cities have hosted two Summer Olympics: Los Angeles (1932 and 1984), Paris (1900 and 1924), and Athens (1896 and 2004).
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