A media bus covering the Rio Olympics was shot at according to multiple reports. Police are investigating a gun attack; they say that the glass could have been shattered by something other than bullets. There have been many complaints about anti-Olympic protesters, police say the resentment at the games has been very high.
Detectives will examine why the attack occurred, but they believe it was in opposition to the ten billion dollar games.
Twelve people were on board when the bullets or missiles were launched at the bus which is one of many used by athletes, officials, and journalists.
The incident happened close to Barra and the Olympic Park.
A photographer working for the Press Association who was on board at the time of the incident, said: ‘We were traveling from the hockey venue to the Main Press Centre. I was sitting at the back. There was a popping, cracking noise.
‘The bus didn’t come to a stop but paused. Everyone was on the floor so I got on the floor as well.
‘The bus driver stopped the bus about half a minute afterward. People started shouting ‘just keep going’. After a couple of minutes, we had a police escort.
‘A few minutes later the bus pulled over on the motorway and the driver spoke to the police. Then we all got back on the bus and came back to the main transport mall.
They were returning from a basketball game when the attack happened.
They had been to watch women’s basketball and were being taken back to the Media Centre in the Olympic Park. A woman from USA was crying, and passengers all threw themselves on the ground thinking they had been shot.
Many Brazilians complain about the Olympics. They say it’s a bad investment, because, while people in Rio suffer violence, bad health services, and poorly built foundations, the population could use this money toward improvements in basic services instead of a leisurely activity.
Regardless, violence is not the answer. Should we be very shocked that this happened? People have gotten used to throwing tantrums like children when they don’t agree with a different point of view, instead of controlling their tempers like adults. They are just lucky that no one was seriously hurt!
The security authorities are investigation the incident and await their report before making any further comments.
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