As many had expected, Brazil proved unstoppable in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup. Confidence on the football pitch combined with social tension off the pitch, but it was hard to resist the urge to celebrate, French television F2 reported.
With the first whistle came new clashes between the forces of order and angry demonstrators. Swiss RSI reported from Juis, a university town in the southwest of Brazil, to show some of the disparities in the education system, which critics of social policy say are at the root of massive unrest today.
In the shanty-towns, some things have changed. Santa Marta de Rio went wild for Thursday’s first match. It was one of the first to see the authorities clamp down on crime, in 2008, Portuguese RTP reported.