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
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.