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Brazil calls in the military to ensure World Cup goes smoothly


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Brazil calls in the military to ensure World Cup goes smoothly

With just 13 days to go until the 2014 World Cup begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s military is being called on to help ensure it runs smoothly.

100,000 police officers and almost 70,000 troops will patrol stadiums, hotels and airports.

Anderson Bichara from the Rio de Janeiro Security Delegation said: “In addition to the tasks that already go under the Defence Ministry, like controlling strategic structures and airspace, they will also help the security forces with this implementation, this build-up of forces in the streets.”

On Friday, hundreds of people, including dozens of striking teachers, protested in Rio de Janeiro against the upcoming World Cup. There is anger at the billions spent on hosting it and calls for more money to improve public services.

More protests are planned for the weekend.

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