Category: Current Affairs
Police have confirmed that a man in Brazil died after rioters threw a toilet bowl into a crowd gathered at a soccer match on Friday, 2nd May. This act of violence is the latest in a series of safety concerns for Brazil, just one month ahead of the World Cup.
A video was posted on Youtube showing the moment a toilet bowl went flying overhead and crashing into the crowd. Police say that it is likely the victim died immediately after the toilet bowl hit him.
A Brazilian physics professor told a sports publication that the toilet bowl came down on the 26-year-old fan with more than 340kg of force.
On top of that, the BBC mentions three other people were reportedly hurt as fans from the visiting team threw other toilet bowls from the upper decks of the stadium. Brazil's football association has since decided not to hold any more games at the stadium for the time being.
This latest incident follows a string of violent protests, construction delays and deadly accidents linked to the World Cup preparations — all of which have called into question the country's readiness and ability to host such a large sporting event.
The Telegraph points out that many protests in Brazil over the past several months have turned into violent confrontations between protestors and police and that 2013 was one of the most violent years Brazil has had in more than three decades.
Earlier this year, the Brazilian police went on strike for nearly two months because they said that they believed the country would not be safe enough for tourists unless the government gave them more funding and more assistance.
In a opinion article questioning the safety of Brazil, a writer for the Daily Mirror voices his concerns, “Rio can be a violent city — and when I was last in Sao Paulo, I saw a man shot in a stand-off outside the Morumbi shopping mall.”
The Atlantic notes that about a year ago, the U.S. State Department put out a map of countries with travel warnings that included countries like Colombia, Mexico, Israel and North Korea. Brazil was not included in that list, despite having one of the world's highest per capita homicide rates — not to mention the high-profile rape of an American tourist in 2013.
Despite the controversy, the World Cup is set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 12 with the entire world watching.
Check out the video below of the toilet bowl hurtling right into a crowd of people.