Olympic workers defy court order, stay on strike

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Updated: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:15:46 EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Striking construction workers stayed off the job at the Olympic Park Thursday — the main cluster of venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics — defying a court order for them to return.

The work stoppage began a week ago and comes as the International Olympic Committee is sending top-level advisers to Rio to tackle delays threatening South America's first Olympics.

A statement from Rio Mais, a consortium building venues at Olympic Park, said workers remained on strike. The work stoppage began April 3 and affects at least 2,000 workers.

A regional labor court ordered the strikers back to work on Wednesday.

The Rio Olympics has been bogged down by late starts and political in-fighting, mirroring many of the delays and confusion surrounding Brazil's upcoming World Cup.

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