As with all major sporting events security in the build up to and during the competition is high priority for organisers.
After last June’s demonstrations during the Confederations Cup that at times turned violent Brazil, who also host this summer’s World Cup, is under greater pressure to maintain the peace in the face of protests and possible terrorist threats.
Brazil’s National secretary of public security Regina Miki said: “Every country that has had a World Cup we have followed and all of them had protests.
‘‘What we have a different view on is for those that try to make take advantage of these legitimate protests to commit crimes. So we have prepared these police to differentiate between the action,” she added.
This week Brazil’s National Force performed extensive training exercises, including mock riots and hostage situations, in the nation’s capital of Brasilia in preparation for the finals.
An estimated 500,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Brazil for the month-long tournament which begins June 12.