As Rio de Janeiro prepares to welcome the world’s sports enthusiasts for August’s Summer Olympic Games, human rights activists are warning that Brazilian authorities are “cleaning the streets” of Rio by detaining poor children to keep them out of the sight of tourists.Rio de Janeiro and its outskirts are home to an estimated thousands of “street children,” many the children of gang members or drug abusers, left to fend for themselves. Police estimate 24,000 street children live nationwide. Many turn to crime, particularly theft, to survive, and a great number become involved in drugs themselves. A report in the International Business Times cites human rights groups working to help these children saying that the number of cases of arbitrary arrests of these children appear to be increasing as the Olympics draw near. “Many smoke crack or sniff glue. Some live on the streets full time; others spend nights in the favelas, or nearby shantytowns,” the report notes. Advocates for the children say they are increasingly spending their nights in jails. “The government will make a plan — a huge plan for the Olympic games — with the police, with the army, to clean the area, to let no poor person come in, to make sure no child is on the streets, to make everything beautiful,” Daniel Medeiros, an advocate for street children affiliated with the group Happy Child International, tells the International Business Times. The positive image the government of leftist President Dilma Rousseff is selling to the world, he adds, is “just a big lie.” We have this exact same problem when we have major sporting events like Super Bowls, Bowl games, and Tennis matches. If there ever was a dirty side of sports it's only to hide people that you don't want event goers or media to see. All these moves do is show that cities around the world are crumbling, and local governments do not want the world to know how bad off a city is when the media comes though. When a large event comes thorough hide the peasants from public view. The thing is that the people didn't put these bad lively hoods on themselves, the bad living conditions are only a part of the problem of big government. They lie about how good their cities are by hiding the problem they have created.
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