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Brazil to keep World Cup protests at bay

December 4, 2013

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian authorities say they’ve learned from demonstrations during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get so close to stadiums at next year’s World Cup.

Andrei Augusto Rodrigues, security head for major events at Brazil’s justice ministry, acknowledged that police misjudged the threat to public safety at the Confederations Cup final in Rio de Janeiro in June.

Police under attack from violent protesters fired clouds of tear gas as the game began. Some wafted toward the Maracana Stadium, causing vendors at refreshment and souvenir stands to cough and cry.

Protesters got to within 200 meters (yards) of the iconic stadium, packed with 70,000 spectators for the Brazil-Spain final.

Rodrigues said police learned from their experiences and wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes. He said demonstrators at the World Cup would be kept further away.

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