Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting close to the Maracanã Stadium, where the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is under way.
Protesters, many furious over the presence of Brazil’s acting president Michel Temer at the ceremony, waved placards calling for his removal.
Angry protest have also broken out in São Paulo, the country’s largest city, where mobs demonstrated against overspending on the Olympic games during one of the country’s worst economic crises in history.
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ome protesters were seen burning the Brazilian flag in the street and reportedly dubbed their efforts ‘the Exclusion Games.’
An eye witness told Daily Mail Online that police became increasingly heavy-handed as the protest continued and fired clouds of tear gas directly at furious locals.
Many were left with streaming eyes as a result.
On social media, one woman is reported to have had an asthma attack after being hit in the face by a cloud of gas and was treated by medics from the Red Cross.
Most of the action happened in and around Praça Afonso close to the Macaranã, although the angry crowd was unable to get right up to the stadium, which is surrounded by thousands of police and soldiers.
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