Brazil President Michel Temer Booed at 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2016

Brazil interim President Michel Temer declares the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics during the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
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Despite Olympic officials' efforts to avoid an uncomfortable scenario, Brazilian residents loudly booed interim President Michel Temer on Friday as he opened the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Adam Stites of Yahoo Sports highlighted the odd situation after officials attempted to shroud Temer away from the public view as much as possible. He did not receive an introduction to the crowd, which is typically standard for leaders of host countries.

According to Brazilian publication Globo (h/t Paul Kiernan of the Wall Street Journal), Temer requested that his introduction be skipped. Temer had said he was "extremely prepared" for the oncoming jeers, per Vincent Bevins of the Los Angeles Times.

“As Nelson Rodrigues said, at the Maracana they even boo the moment of silence. I have to carry out my institutional duty," Temer said.

Temer was on the program among those who were expected to be introduced. He and IOC President Thomas Bach were slated to be announced together.

Brazilian citizens have been critical of Temer since he took over as interim president, noting his ties to Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. Temer was the vice president of Rousseff, who was impeached amid a massive economic downturn and accusations of corruption. One of the most controversial decisions of Rousseff's tenure was hosting the Olympics, which has drawn protests because of the high costs.

Temer has disavowed Rousseff but remains a controversial figure.

The Brazilians in the crowd let their feelings be known when Temer opened the Games following the Parade of Nations.


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