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Mass protests. Why are people against international competitions at home?
Holding major international competitions in a country, as a rule, evokes ambiguous emotions among its residents. While such events are a holiday for millions of fans, some locals actively oppose such events in their homeland. We recall the largest demonstrations against sports championships and understand what makes people protest.
Miami (USA) - 2021
For so long, Miami residents held a protest against the Formula- 1, which will take place in May 2021. The thing is that the proposed location of the highway is surrounded by residential buildings. People are worried about noise, traffic and negative impact on the environment.
In addition to residents, local authorities also expressed discontent. Despite the fact that the main part of the track is planned to be located on the territory of the Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins American football team plays, one of the streets of Miami will have to be blocked for traffic during the racing weekend. The City Council is concerned about increased traffic and congestion in the area.
The organizers of the Miami Grand Prix still believe that the race will have minimal impact on local residents, as the Formula 1 stage will be held almost entirely on the territory of the stadium .
Tokyo (Japan) - 2020
This summer, about 200 people gathered in Tokyo, Japan, to protest the 2020 Olympic Games. According to the protesters, the Olympic Games should be canceled all over the world, as they create poverty and damage the environment. Japanese people denounce the government for increasing the budget for the Olympic Games while parts of the country were still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
Moscow (Russia) - 2018
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the fan zone on the territory of Moscow State University became the most scandalous. More than 14 thousand people signed a petition against its opening. According to the protesters, the fan zone could interfere with the scientific and educational activities of the university, as well as harm the ecology of the Vorobyovy Gory reserve and directly to the Moscow State University park.
In addition, the main building houses a dormitory, which is home to more than 6 thousand . the person and the work of the site could violate the sanitary norms for noise for living quarters.
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The fan zone was not moved, however, it was decided to move it 300 meters away from the university building, as well as install noise screens and reduce the capacity from 40 to 25 thousand people.
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Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - 2014
But in Brazil, protests against the 2014 FIFA World Cup escalated into riots. Demonstrators smashed shop windows, blocked the streets with barricades of burnt tires, painted cars. Protestants even managed to break into the stadium where the first As a result, the total number of protesters in the country reached 1 million.
However, in this case, the local residents were not worried about the environment and noise, but very high state budget spending on the preparation and holding of competitions: at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil € 8.7 billion invested.
Vancouver, Canada - 2010
The organizers of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver had to spend heavily on security due to the protests in the city center.
The demonstration was organized by anti-globalists protesting against games as one of the manifestations of the globalization process. The number of participants reached several thousand people, and the demonstration itself turned into riots with stones and rebar throwing at the police. Protesters, dressed in black, with masks on their faces, burned Olympic flags, smashed shop windows, painted walls and cars on the streets. Many were detained and arrested, so no such actions were repeated in the future.
Krakow (Poland), Davos (Switzerland) - 2022
But the residents of Krakow (Poland) and Davos (Switzerland) insisted on refusing to hold the Olympic Games in their homeland in advance, without bringing the situation to street actions. Special referendums were held, where people voted against the competition, deciding that they did not need the Olympics.
Colossal spending and environmental problems were the main reasons.