Fiji Time: 7:22 PM on Tuesday 30 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ 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.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64110.6221
JPY 50.839947.8399
GBP 0.37450.3665
EUR 0.43990.4279
NZD 0.68580.6528
AUD 0.65370.6287
USD 0.49430.4773

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 30th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ryan's plan to return to Fiji
  2. 'No place like Fiji'
  3. Ryan's big day
  4. 'Loud noise' panic
  5. Child crushed to death
  6. Safe arrival for Fiji Airways flight FJ811
  7. Probe into aircraft incident begins
  8. Interest rates to increase
  9. Former Methodist church president passes on
  10. TELS board seeks prompt applications

Top Stories this Week

  1. Mata signs new deal Sunday (28 Aug)
  2. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract Saturday (27 Aug)
  5. Violence stops TISI Sangam annual meeting Sunday (28 Aug)
  6. Kolinisau surprises fans with Macuata dialect Friday (26 Aug)
  7. Ryan may return Friday (26 Aug)
  8. Ryan's plan to return to Fiji Tuesday (30 Aug)
  9. Kauvesi clears the air Thursday (25 Aug)
  10. Boy, 4, dies in fire Thursday (25 Aug)