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Security ramps up for World Cup

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:19

May 17 - Brazil steps up security efforts ahead of the World Cup next month. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Brazil has seen a wave of protests in the run up to the 2014 World Cup. Some have been peaceful demonstrations against the expenditure of public cash to host the tournament. Others have been more like riots with cars set on fire, shops looted and their point not always so clear. Brazil's sports minister is pledging that democratic rights to protest during the World Cup would be respected, but not vandalism and violence. With the kick-off to the first match just weeks away Brazil's giving its navy a new round of training. The focus in this case is on traffic monitoring, patrol operations and checking vessels in strategic maritime areas and ports. It's part of a massive security operation which includes the deployment of 30, 000 troops. On Friday Argentine authorities announced a security agreement with Brazil intended to stop soccer-related violence crossing their border. A list of local hooligan gangs with a history of violence has been handed to Brazilian security officials. Last year Argentina started banning away fans from first division matches to crack down on soccer violence but still ended 2013 with a record 15 football-related deaths.

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Security ramps up for World Cup

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:19