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Tear gas and pepper spray against World Cup demonstrators in Rio do Janeiro

Monday, June 16th 2014 - 06:37 UTC
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“Hey FIFA, return to Switzerland” chanted the demonstrators “Hey FIFA, return to Switzerland” chanted the demonstrators

Brazilian police used tear gas and pepper spray to prevent some 200 protestors from getting near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium Sunday during the Argentina-Bosnia World Cup game.

 Chanting “Hey FIFA, return to Switzerland,” the demonstrators, including members of the radical Black Bloc movement, tried to penetrate a police barricade. Police used pepper spray to keep them back.

Tensions rose when a man driving by fired a gun in the air and shouted at protestors to leave, according to media reports.

Some protestors headed to another neighborhood where they damaged two banks, according to the G1 news website.

Another protest took place in the southern city of Porto Alegre as police kept demonstrators far from the stadium where France played Honduras. No incidents were reported.

In the capital Brasilia, 300 people protested near the stadium used for the Switzerland-Ecuador game to condemn the 11 billion dollars spent on the World Cup.

Brazil was rocked by massive protests during last year's Confederations Cup as people angry at the World Cup cost took to the streets. However demonstrations have been smaller in recent months and prevention measures more effective.

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  • Briton

    What a shame,
    great football but bad after effects.

    Jun 16th, 2014 - 06:16 pm 0
  • Escoses Doido

    The chant rhymes in Portuguese by the way.....

    Jun 16th, 2014 - 08:28 pm 0
  • Anglotino

    Once the World Cup is over, the protests won't die down.

    “Will the consensus on Brazil’s economy never bottom out? For the third week in a row, market economists have cut their outlook for GDP growth this year, to 1.24 per cent, according to a central bank survey. That’s down from 1.44 per cent last week and 1.62 per cent four weeks ago.

    The consensus for next year is down, too, to 1.73 per cent, from 1.8 per cent last week and 2 per cent four weeks ago.

    This week’s survey has a sharp cut in industrial production for 2014, which is now expected to grow by just 0.51 per cent during the year, down from 0.96 per cent last week and 1.4 per cent four weeks ago.”

    Jun 16th, 2014 - 11:29 pm 0
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