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Massive protest expected in Belo Horizonte before the Brazil/Uruguay match

Wednesday, June 26th 2013 - 05:07 UTC
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FIFA chief Blatter is expected for the match, which could be further irritating for demonstrators  FIFA chief Blatter is expected for the match, which could be further irritating for demonstrators

Demanding better public services and angered by World Cup costs, about 100.000 people are expected at a protest Wednesday before Brazil plays Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Local officials have declared a holiday in Belo Horizonte and authorities say they are expecting confrontations with the demonstrators.

Belo Horizonte has had some of the most violent clashes between police and protesters since the country was swept by a wave of demonstrations calling for better education, transport and health services.

There were no major protests in the city on Tuesday, but groups closed three main roads demanding that public officials pay more attention to them.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will be in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday. Football's governing body said that security has been increased because of the protests, but it wasn't immediately known if any changes were expected in Belo Horizonte because of Blatter's presence.

“I'm in favour of the protests,” Brazil striker Fred said Tuesday. “The people deserve better. But it has to be done without violence and without vandalism. Hopefully the demonstrations will be peaceful tomorrow, without confrontations with the police.”

Protesters have filled cities across the country to air a wide spectrum of grievances, including the high cost of hosting next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

There have been many violent protests before Confederations Cup matches, including in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza.

On Saturday, police estimated that about 60,000 demonstrators gathered in a central square in Belo Horizonte before heading toward the Mineirao Stadium ahead of the match between Japan and Mexico. Riot police fired rubber bullets and used gas bombs and pepper spray to keep the protesters from advancing near the venue.
 

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  • GeoffWard2

    'Hopefully the demonstrations will be peaceful tomorrow, without confrontations with the police. ...
    Riot police fired rubber bullets and used gas bombs and pepper spray to keep the protesters from advancing near the venue.'

    Is it me, or are the fuses of the confrontations being lit by the police?

    Jun 26th, 2013 - 06:53 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    Oh dear, Dilma!

    I think the wheels are coming off:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZApBgNQgKPU

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 08:39 pm 0
  • Fred

    When government decided to bid for WC 2014 Brazilian society didn't make anything. That includes this girls which apparently moved (ran away/gave up) from the country. There is also a lie on this video, those who own houses demolished for the improvements do get recompensation for it.

    Do you really think Brazil would be in a different point without WC? I am thankfull for FIFA. Without all that attention brought by the WC Brazilian society wouldn't make these massive demonstrations like it hadn't for the last 20 years despite the lack of decent health and education.

    Jun 27th, 2013 - 11:53 pm 0
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