Monthly Archives: June 2014

Images and additional reporting from Rio by Steffen Stubager and Asger Mow

Anadolu Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO/SÃO PAULO – Military police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have clashed with anti-World Cup protesters near the famous Maracanã stadium as the city’s first match of the month-long tournament got underway.

As Argentina faced off against Bosnia and Herzegovina on the pitch, protesters marched in streets near the stadium to voice their anger at World Cup spending by the Brazilian government and what they view as serious underfunding of public services.

The march reunited around 300 people at its height, but riot police ensured they did not breach police lines formed to prevent the protesters from getting to the stadium.

UPDATE: See my report for Mashable on eyewitnesses reports of police using live rounds at protest.

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BBC Russian – translation

SÃO PAULO – Officials in Brazil likely breathed a big sigh of relief last night after the World Cup host nation won their first match: the day went off logistically pretty much without a hitch and Brazil largely appeared to be brimming with excitement and warming to the event.

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Mashable

SÃO PAULO – Anti-World Cup protesters had barely started to gather at São Paulo’s Carrão metro station on Thursday when military and riot police began taking action against the planned demonstration.

Stun grenades and tear gas were launched with fury as about 100 protesters grouped and taunted the officers.

Brazilian protesters taunted police, branding them “cowards”, “fascists” and “afraid of democracy”. Some wore gas masks and had vinegar-soaked handkerchiefs to mitigate the effects of the tear gas, fully aware of how the military police could – and did – respond.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – With just a day to go, São Paulo is bracing itself for Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremony and first match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia.

The 25-minute opening ceremony will showcase the host nation’s “treasures: nature, people, football,” its Belgian artistic director Daphne Cornez was quoted by local media as saying.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – Police in São Paulo clashed with protesters and striking metro (subway) workers on Monday, just three days before the World Cup kicks off in the city.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, some of whom were blocking access to the Ana Rosa metro station. At least 13 people were detained.

São Paulo’s metro workers have been on strike for five consecutive days, and are threatening to continue their walkout until Thursday’s World Cup opening match.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – The number of people set to vote for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at this year’s general elections has slipped to a 2014 low, according to a poll of voters’ intentions published on Friday.

Only 34% of Brazilians questioned said they would vote for a second term in office for Rousseff, the latest survey by media polling institute Datafolha of 4,337 people across Brazil revealed – down from 37% in early May, and 44% in February.

However, Rousseff’s closest rival presidential hopefuls, Aécio Neves and Eduardo Campos, also both registered a drop in support, unlike in May, when both made gains.

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Anadolu Agency

SÃO PAULO – Brazil’s Senate is set to vote on previously-shelved legislation banning corporate election donations after pressure from thousands of ordinary Brazilians, online activist network Avaaz reported on Thursday.

A group of 60 senators signed an urgent vote request for the newly-amended bill after receiving thousands of emails and phone calls as part of an online campaign spearheaded by the network.

“Our politicians have been for sale for far too long, with the World Cup stadiums showing how out-of-control this has become,” Avaaz campaign director Michael Freitas Mohallem said.

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