Brazil to keep World Cup protests at bay

Brazilian authorities say they’ve learned from demonstrations

during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get too close

to stadiums at the upcoming 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 June in

Rio de Janeiro.

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

tear up.

Protesters got within 200 yards of the stadium, packed with

70,000 spectators for the Brazil-Spain final.

Rodrigues says police wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes and

demonstrators at the World Cup would be kept farther away.