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Activists protest Rio water, filthy despite Olympic promises

This July 31, 2017 photo, shows the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic bid, Rio promised to clean up the ...
This July 31, 2017 photo, shows the heavily the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 80 per...
In this  July 31, 2017 photo, men transport their belongings on a boat over the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in...
In this July 31, 2017 photo, a trash barrier hold back the surface filth of the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pl...
In tis July 31, 2017 photo, residents of Rio das Pedras neighborhood leave their boat moored on the polluted shore of Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Ja...
In this July 31, 2017 photo, a trash barrier hold back the surface filth at the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pl...
In this  July 31, 2017 photo Biologist Mario Moscatelli speaks during an interview with the AP on the shores of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Braz...
In this  July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded doll lays amid scattered garbage on the shores of Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic ...
In this July 31, 2017 photo, shows Rio das Pedras neighborhood on the shores of the heavily  polluted Jacarepagua lagoog, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I...
In this , July 31, 2017 photo, discarded sofas litter the shore of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 8...
In this  July 31, 2017 photo, a man motors his boat in the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to t...
In this July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded doll lays amid scattered garbage in Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic bid, Rio promis...
In this July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded sofa is seen in the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to...

This July 31, 2017 photo, shows the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic bid, Rio promised to clean up the ...

This July 31, 2017 photo, shows the heavily the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 80 per...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, men transport their belongings on a boat over the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a trash barrier hold back the surface filth of the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pl...

In tis July 31, 2017 photo, residents of Rio das Pedras neighborhood leave their boat moored on the polluted shore of Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Ja...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a trash barrier hold back the surface filth at the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pl...

In this July 31, 2017 photo Biologist Mario Moscatelli speaks during an interview with the AP on the shores of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Braz...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded doll lays amid scattered garbage on the shores of Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic ...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, shows Rio das Pedras neighborhood on the shores of the heavily polluted Jacarepagua lagoog, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I...

In this , July 31, 2017 photo, discarded sofas litter the shore of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 8...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a man motors his boat in the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to t...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded doll lays amid scattered garbage in Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In it's Olympic bid, Rio promis...

In this July 31, 2017 photo, a discarded sofa is seen in the polluted Jacarepagua lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmental activists have sailed across Rio de Janeiro's bay to protest pollution in the Brazilian city's waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.

Saturday's silent flotilla on Guanabara Bay coincides with the one-year anniversary of the start of the Rio Games.

Activists and fishermen in boats displayed banners demanding improved sanitation.

Rio pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 80 percent of its water waste by the start of the Games, but it failed to deliver on that promise. Days ahead of the event, a study commissioned by The Associated Press showed dangerously high levels of contamination.

With the Olympics long over and the country in the midst of an economic crisis, expectations of any improvement are now low.


Updated : 2021-04-13 13:01 GMT+08:00