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World Cup protest in Brazil

Published June 16. 2014 4:00AM
Eraldo Peres/AP photo
Demonstrators shout slogans during a Sunday protest against the World Cup in Brasilia, Brazil. Protesters are unhappy about the money spent on the FIFA 2014 Soccer World Cup, which they believe would have been better spent in improving the country's basic services. Also, a police officer can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium. During the small but violent and chaotic protest that played out about a mile from the stadium, another man in plainclothes who identified himself as a police officer also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air. Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio government agency that oversees all security forces, said it would have no comment until it could review the video. He said there had been no reports of any shooting victims during the protest.

Demonstrators shout slogans during a Sunday protest against the World Cup in Brasilia, Brazil. Protesters are unhappy about the money spent on the FIFA 2014 Soccer World Cup, which they believe would have been better spent in improving the country's basic services. Also, a police officer can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium. During the small but violent and chaotic protest that played out about a mile from the stadium, another man in plainclothes who identified himself as a police officer also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air. Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio government agency that oversees all security forces, said it would have no comment until it could review the video. He said there had been no reports of any shooting victims during the protest.

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