Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 11:17 AM on Friday 29 August

/ Front page / Sport

Brazil creates World Cup riot force

Ap
Sunday, January 05, 2014

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil has created a special riot force to help police control demonstrations expected during the World Cup later this year.

Colonel Alexandre Augusto Aragon, who heads the elite National Security Force, was quoted in local news on Friday as saying that 10,000 riot troops selected from state police forces throughout Brazil will be deployed in the 12 cities hosting World Cup games June 12-July 13.

"We have been concerned with this (security during the World Cup) before the protests that took place earlier this year, because we don't wait around for things to happen," he told the G1 internet portal.

"The violence of recent protests is what scared us."

At the peak of the protests, a million people took to the streets across Brazil in a single day, complaining initially of higher bus fares, corruption and poor public services, and then extending to the billions of dollars being spent on the World Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"There will be no World Cup," became one of the mass movement's most popular chants. "FIFA go home." was another.

The demonstrations coincided with the Confederations Cup soccer tournament, a warm-up tournament for the World Cup.

Jerome Valcke, the top FIFA official in charge of the World Cup, said recently that the tournament would have "the highest level of security you can imagine" to contain any violence.

Valcke said he was satisfied with the police response during the protests that affected the six Confederations Cup host cities.

The tournament went on as scheduled and no match was disrupted.

He said he expects the same type of response if there are protests this year.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Workers reap $200k in rewards for hard work
  2. Reverend Anil sails into history
  3. Prison visit stirs emotion for pageant contestant
  4. Key factors
  5. CORRECTION
  6. Driven by El Nino
  7. Go forth, share and save
  8. Speeding caution
  9. Water crisis
  10. Sanchez goal helps Arsenal

Top Stories this Week

  1. Numbers list stays Monday (25 Aug)
  2. Shocking discovery Tuesday (26 Aug)
  3. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  4. Woman of faith Monday (25 Aug)
  5. Unacceptable Tuesday (26 Aug)
  6. Police act Wednesday (27 Aug)
  7. Man wants death probe Monday (25 Aug)
  8. Show of support Thursday (28 Aug)
  9. Unhappy Fijians Tuesday (26 Aug)
  10. Dad tells of heartache as son is buried Wednesday (27 Aug)