'Welcome to Hell': Rio is a disaster just weeks before the Olympics

With about 5 weeks left until the Opening Ceremony, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro don’t look too promising.

Between the protests put on by police and other civic workers, several high-profile athletes dropping out over Zika fears, and body parts washing up on Copacabana Beach, where the beach volleyball events will be held, there are serious concerns about basic safety when it comes to the summer games.

And now police are reportedly warning tourists that their stay won’t be too pleasant.

Another sign (via BBC) said “The police’s priority is the people, the government’s priority is the Olympics.”

The news coming out of Rio leading up to the Opening Ceremony on August 5th sounds dire: basic needs can’t be met because there isn’t enough funding. Francisco Dornelles, the acting governor of Rio de Janeiro, told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state is still waiting on the promised $860 million payout from the federal government ahead of the Games.

All of this could lead to more problems and make many people reconsider attending the games. After all, if the police are saying that people who go somewhere won’t be safe, there’s bound to be serious repercussions.

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