Po­lice and World Cup pro­test­ers

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pro­test­ers and Brazil­ian po­lice clashed in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and an­other World Cup city on Thurs­day ahead of the first match of soc­cer’s pre­mier event.

Just af­ter the match started, about 300 pro­test­ers demon­strat­ing against the World Cup marched along Rio’s Copaca­bana beach and stopped out­side the FIFA Fan Fest — a closed and se­cured area on the beach where hun­dreds of fans are watch­ing the match on a mas­sive screen.

The pro­test­ers were car­ry­ing ban­ners with slo­gans knock­ing the Cup. The protest was peace­ful, but there were wor­ries that vi­o­lence could break out as sev­eral ad­her­ents to the an­ar­chist “Black Bloc” tac­tic were seen in the crowd of demon­stra­tors in Copaca­bana.

In Sao Paulo, more than 300 demon­stra­tors gath­ered along a main high­way leading to the sta­dium in Sao Paulo. Some tried to block traf­fic, but po­lice re­peat­edly pushed them back, fir­ing can­is­ters of tear gas and us­ing stun grenades. The flow of traf­fic to the arena was not blocked.

Later, a group of fewer than 100 pro­test­ers gath­ered near a sub­way stop about 8 miles (13 kilo­me­ters) west of the sta­dium. No protests re­ported near the arena it­self.

A few pro­test­ers suf­fered in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by rub­ber bul­lets, while oth­ers were seen chok­ing af­ter in­hal­ing tear gas. An As­so­ci­ated Press pho­tog­ra­pher was in­jured in the leg af­ter a stun grenade ex­ploded near him. CNN re­ported on its web­site that two of its jour­nal­ists were also in­jured.

“I’m to­tally against the Cup,” said pro­tester Tameres Mota, a univer­sity stu­dent at the Sao Paulo demon­stra­tion. “We’re in a coun­try where the money doesn’t go to the com­mu­nity, and mean­while we see all these mil­lions spent on sta­di­ums.”

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