Protests in Brazil against football costs
- Published: 26 Jun 2013 at 21.54
- Online news:
SAO PAOLO - Street protests erupted Wednesday in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte hours before the national squad was to face Uruguay in the Confederations Cup semi-final.
Demonstrators blocked roads and set a bus ablaze as authorities said they expect 60,00 protesters to turn up when the match kicks off at 19GMT (2am Thursday, Thai time) in the state capital of Minas Gerais.
State authorities said 1,500 soldiers were to back up 5,700 police and firefighters in case the protests turn violent, as has occurred in various parts of the country over the past two weeks.
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