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SBD Global/June 13, 2014/World Cup
Brazil Subway, Airport Workers Don't Strike, But Protesters Clash With Police
Published June 13, 2014
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PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE: REUTERS' Winter & Teixeira reported Brazilian police and protesters clashed on Thursday "just hours before the opening game of the World Cup." Police fired noise bombs to "disperse a crowd" of about 200 demonstrators angry about government overspending on the event. The protesters "were trying to cut off a key avenue leading to the Corinthians Arena" where Thursday's opening match was held. At least one protester "was arrested." A CNN producer "was injured during the confrontation." Brazil "is widely considered the spiritual home of global football, and in recent days more of the flags and street parties that usually characterize World Cups" have begun to show up. Yet the list of possible problems "is long." In fact, hosting a successful tournament "may ultimately prove harder for Brazil than winning it" (REUTERS, 6/12). In London, Haroon Siddique reported CNN Producer Barbara Arvanitidis "suffered a suspected broken arm." An online photo showed a protester "apparently being pepper sprayed while behind held round the neck by another policeman" (GUARDIAN, 6/12). The BBC reported TV footage showed "riot police using tear gas and rubber truncheons" to disperse 50 protesters near a metro station on the route to the Arena Corinthians. The demonstrators had been chanting "there won't be a Cup" (BBC, 6/12). In London, Leahy & Pearson reported hacker group Anonymous said that "it had attacked a number of Brazilian government websites to mark its opposition to the country’s hosting of the World Cup." It "was not clear whether the group’s attack had much success, with most of the websites still operating" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/12).