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Protests as Brazil hosts Confeds final

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Thousands of Rio residents staged a boisterous but peaceful protest Sunday near the venue for the Brazil-Spain final of the Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup. 

A woman demonstrator wearing contact lenses with the Brazilian national flag marches in a street close to the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 30, 2013. Protests, samba dancing and football all mingled Sunday as Brazil geared up to face Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup.

Some 5,000 people, according to the organizers, sang and danced to samba music as they marched toward Rio's Maracana stadium but were blocked a police security cordon, hours before the 7 p.m (2200 GMT) kickoff.

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