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SBD Global/November 28, 2013/International Football

Brazil Defense Minister Says All 12 World Cup Sites Will Have 1,400 Available Security Agents

Brazil Defense Minister Celso Amorim said that a "total of 1,400 security agents will be ready if necessary at each of the 12 sites of the 2014 World Cup," according to the EFE. The "size of the security contingent, which could be increased 'depending on needs' and circumstances in the moment, will be similar to that of the Armed Forces' presence that was employed during the Confederations Cup this summer." The Defense Ministry's total budget for the Confederations Cup and World Cup is approximately $304M. Amorim: "I will say one important thing: thank God nothing happened, but this is what we have to have -- instruments for protection in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack" (EFE, 11/27).
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