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Man Tries To Put Out Olympic Torch With Water (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A 27-year-old man was arrested in Maracaju, Brazil, for allegedly throwing water at the Olympic torch as it passed through the town on June 26 (video below).

Local police chief Amylcar Eduardo Romero identified the alleged water-tosser as Marcelino Mateus Silva Proenca, notes CNN.

Police arrested Proenca at his home soon after he allegedly fled the scene. Proenca reportedly posted a photo on Facebook of a man with a bucket and the words: "Waiting for the torch to pass."

Proenca also allegedly posted a meme of He-Man, a cartoon character, with the torch, and the words: "I have the torch, but don't have education, health, security, quality of life..."

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"He said it was a joke, a dare on Facebook," a cop in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where Maracaju is located, told Reuters.

A video of the incident shows a man tossing a bucket of water at the torch bearer and running away.

Proenca has been charged with damaging public property, which means he could face up to six months to three years in prison, if convicted. He was freed after paying a bail of $294.74.

The water-thrower's aim was off as the flame survived the attempted dousing.

The Olympic torch will travel through about 300 cities in Brazil before it comes to the Games' opening ceremony on Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro.

Another mishap happened on June 20 when Juma the jaguar escaped her handlers during a torch relay stop in Manaus, Brazil, reported CNN.

After Juma broke free, some soldiers and veterinarians tried to recapture her, but a tranquilizer dart was not enough to hold down the big cat at the Jungle Warfare Instruction Center Zoo.

Juma was then shot and killed after reportedly lunging towards a soldier.

"We made a mistake when we allowed the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and union of different people, to be exhibited next to a chained wild animal," the Olympic committee said in a statement, according to CNN.

"This scene contradicts our beliefs and values," the committee added. "We are very saddened by what happened after the torch relay and guarantee we will not witness any other situation like this one during the Rio 2016 Games."

Sources: Reuters, CNN (2) / Photo Credit: Carros Baixos/YouTube

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