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Olympic torch arrival in Rio overshadowed by pepper spray on protesters

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Following a three-month journey through Brazil, the Olympic torch has on August 3 reached the venue of the 2016 Summer Olympics – Rio de Janeiro.

BBC reports that in the north of the city, when the torch relay was challenged by hundreds of demonstrators angry at the high public spending to hold the Games, riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

The police explained to local media that a group of people refused to leave one lane of the road open for the torch according to an earlier agreement and blocked the street in one place and insisted they had to intervene to contain the chaos and clear the road.

Currently, Brazil experiences deep economic recession and political crisis after the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in May.

More protests have been announced before the Olympic opening ceremony on August 5.

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