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Tear gas, stun grenades: Brazilian police disperse protesters hours before WC opener

Published time: June 12, 2014 15:47
Edited time: June 12, 2014 17:43
Riot policemen fire tear gas at demontrators during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Riot policemen fire tear gas at demontrators during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Brazilian police have used teargas and stun grenades in San Paolo clashing with about 200 protesters angry with the govt overspending on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This occurred hours before the tournament’s opening game to be held in the city.

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There were also reports of rubber bullets that were used against peaceful protesters who were trying to cut off a key venue leading to the Arena Corinthians stadium – the location of the first game of the Cup between hosting Brazil and Crotia.

At least one protester was arrested, local television channel Globo News reported. At least five protesters were injured, accoring to local police. CNN reported its producer Barbara Arvanitidis and reporter Shata Darlington were injured as they were covering the demonstration.

Tear gas grenades explode among cars during an anti-World Cup protest, on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

CNN journalist Shasta Darlington said on her Twitter, "Thank you to @WyreDavies and cordon of protesters who helped our @Arvanb01 after we were hit by canister at protest #CNNWorldCup"

The protests are expected to grow before the opening game at 5pm local time (20:00 GMT).

A Reuters witness said the police applied tear gas for a second time to disperse a small crowd of protesters who gathered again after previously being dispersed.

Many Brazilians are angry with the government spending over the $11.3 billion on hosting the World Cup while the country has been experiencing economic problems.

Demonstrators and a photographer run from tear gas shot by riot police during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

The Brazilian government has also been criticized for the frequent delays during the construction of the Arena Corinthians stadium that will host the World Cup games. Not only was the $525 million facility delivered six months late, but $150 million was spent over budget. The Thursday opening game will be the first ever to be played in the stadium which is a rude violation of FIFA's normal protocol for World Cup games.

President Dilma Rousseff has dismissed complaints about the heavy spending and delays saying that the people should be in high spirits giving more support for their home team.

"What I'm seeing more and more is the welcome given to the teams and the happiness of the Brazilian people with our team," she said in a speech on Wednesday.

A woman is pushed by riot policemen during a clash with demontrators in a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Members of the media film riot policemen during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Lunae Parracho)

Riot policemen stand behind burning rubbish during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

Demonstrators take part in an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Riot policemen fire tear gas during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Laurent Thomet)

Riot policemen stand in position during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

Comments (52)

 

Mike Oxstiff 13.06.2014 12:41

africaboy 12.06.2014 22:11

In which country in this world there is no a social issue. We know how munch is spent in Football in England. We are seeing people on the street. The Welfare system has been dismantled. Those Brazilians on street are traitors.

  


En gland could host the next world cup and spend very little compared with Brazil or Russia because we already have world class football stadiums

 

Lauren Lee 13.06.2014 12:38

Football is still just a game, Soccer however is less than football! I find it off that povery struck people in Brazil must find a way to humiliate their gvmnt. I may not be proud @ how our gvmnt behaves but I wouldn't dare humiliate my own country and place of birth!

 

Brazilian 13.06.2014 12:25

President Dilma spoke to the nation and showed the numbers:
Investi ment in stadia: $R 8 billion
Investment in Education and Health from 2010 to 2013, period in which the stadia had been built: $R1.7 trillion
That is almost 212 times. The one who claims that investment in Stadia should be made in education and health are ridiculous. These constructions means jobs.
And the investments in stadia have a private share and loans.
What a wonderful WC! Controlled chaos will not be installed here in Brazil. You, representing the dark forces, should not try it. Waste of time. Brasil is Brics!!!!

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