Brazilian Protestors, Take Note: This Could End Badly

A 1968 Massacre in Mexico—the Last Country to Host a Summer Olympics and World Cup Back-to-Back—Holds Tragic Lessons

1968 protest in the zocalo

Protestors clashed with riot police as the World Cup kicked off in Sao Paulo, the latest manifestation of widespread discontent with the expensive (and behind-schedule) preparations for the massive sporting event. Even as protests threaten to mar the spectacle, this summer launches Brazil’s highly anticipated coming-out party. For two full years, between this summer’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, South America’s dominant power will be the epicenter of global sport and its supporting popular and corporate cultural realms. Holding onto the international sporting spotlight for such an extended …

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