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Violence mars World Cup kickoff

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:30

June 13 - Clashes erupt in Brazil ahead of the first match of the World Cup. Paul Chapman reports

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Violent protests on the streets of some of the cities hosting the World Cup were always on the cards. These clashes erupted in Sao Paolo just hours before the first game kicked off there on Thursday. There were similar scenes in Rio de Janeiro. About 1, 000 demonstrators went on the march in protest against the country's hosting of the tournament. Police fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the protesters. (SOUNDBITE)(Portuguese) UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAYING: "It's an opportunity to show the world what's happening in Brazil - the neglect of education, neglect of health. So while people are distracted with the World Cup, public money is being misused, stolen and mis-spent in every way, and people who don't agree with that are down here on the street." The violence was echoed on a smaller scale in Belo Horizonte and Recife which will also host World Cup matches. Many Brazilians are furious about the 11.3 billion dollars it's cost to host the tournament when even basic social services are poorly funded. In recent days there've been more of the street parties that traditionally characterise Brazil's World Cup atmosphere. But the protests and threatened strikes among other possible problems are likely to make it harder for the nation to host a successful tournament that for its soccer team to win it.

Violence mars World Cup kickoff

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:30

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