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Sao Paulo protest turns violent as World Cup game ends

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:10

June 20 - A street demonstration in Brazil's biggest city ends in violence as anti-government protesters vandalize cars and banks and police responded with tear gas. Sarah Toms reports.

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Violent scenes in Brazil's largest city. It didn't start like this, though. More than a thousand protesters took to the streets of Sao Paulo peacefully commemorating the one year anniversary since they stopped an increase in public transport fares. But it turned ugly. Some demonstrators smashed shop windows and started fires. They vandalised cars and banks. Police responded with tear gas. There have been a number of anti-government protests in Brazil since the football championship began, most have been on a much smaller scale and were not violent like this rally. Only a minority of these protesters were demonstrating against the cost of hosting the World Cup tournament. There were no initial reports of injured protesters or of foreign soccer fans getting caught up in this violence. But in a separate incident, on the other side of town, ten England fans were attacked just hours before the World Cup game between England and Uruguay. Crushed glass littered the pavements after hooded attackers threw bottles and explosives at the football fans, who had to be taken to hospital.

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Sao Paulo protest turns violent as World Cup game ends

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:10