Several injured in clashes at Brazil's Maracana stadium
Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 01:14
June 16 - Brazilian riot police used tear gas to break up demonstrations outside Maracana stadium where the Confederations Cup is underway. Rough Cut (no reporter narration_
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Protests marred the Confederations Cup in Brazil as riot police clashed with demonstrators near the Maracana stadium on Sunday (June 16), and soccer fans got caught in the scuffles.
The activists were protesting against what they see as excessive use of public funds for stadiums and sporting events instead of health, education programs and public transport, and tried to approach the stadium where Italy were playing Mexico.
Some protesters were injured as police fired tear gas into the crowds and used pepper spray on protesters.
The day before, around a thousand people protested before the opening Confederations Cup match in Brazil on Saturday (June 15), police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, leaving more than 30 people injured outside the stadium in an ugly start to the tournament.
The protests followed several other demonstrations in several Brazilian cities this week. They have added to a sense of growing unrest in Brazil at a time when inflation, crime and the popularity of President Dilma Rousseff, who was at Saturday's game, have all taken a turn for the worse.
The Confederations Cup, an eight-team tournament, is considered a warm-up event for next year's World Cup.
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