12 Insane Pictures From Rio, Where The Olympics Are Being Held Days From Now

We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, taking place in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the Olympics are typically a time for celebration, this year’s Games have garnered quite a bit of controversy. Things in Rio…well, let’s just say they could be better at this point.

Here are a few photos that illustrate just what’s going on there.

1. This is a packet of cocaine recently picked up by Brazilian police with the Olympic logo on it.

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2. That sure looks like a body rolled up in a sleeping bag. It was found in a city irrigation canal.

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3. Garbage, garbage everywhere.

4. Burning garbage just off a major highway that cuts through Rio.

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5. Pollution floating in Guanabara Bay, which is where the sailing events of the Olympics are scheduled to take place.

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6. This is a snapshot of a massive fish die-off that happened in Guanabara Bay back in February.

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7. More waterway pollution.

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8. This is what Guanabara Bay looks like when you get out on it.

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9. Police in Brazil are also notoriously brutal. Last year, police in Rio alone were responsible for one out of every five murders.

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10. Brazil is still dealing with a political crisis stemming from an unprecedented corruption case involving the country’s president Dilma Rousseff.

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11. Not to mention, of course, that the specter of the Zika virus is hanging over the whole Olympic event.

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12. Oh yeah, and did you know they killed a jaguar during the Olympic torch ceremony? It was released as part of the ceremony in nearby Manaus, Brazil, but was shot by a soldier when it got too close for his comfort.

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While the Games will certainly go on as planned in just a few days, I expect that it won’t exactly be a smooth process. I suppose time will tell…

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