Crackdown on Brazil protests

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Protests over the cost of hosting the World Cup next year have marred the opening two days of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

But Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told reporters at a press conference in Rio that any attempts to further disrupt the tournament which runs until june 30th would not be tolerated.

Rebelo said: “Who thought that someone would try to stop the realization of these events? They will face the government’s determination in stopping this from happening. The events will be held. The games will be played. We will not tolerate any type of movement that tries to stop the realization of these events. The protests will be tolerated within these limits,”

Police and protesters have clashed for two days running now.

First in the surrounding areas of the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia and on Sunday outside Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium.

On both occasions police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in efforts to disperse the crowd, who are protesting about the cost of the world cup and also local issues concerning public transport cost.