The shooting of an elderly woman who later died sparked clashes between police and locals in a Rio de Janeiro favela on Monday night. Nine buses were set alight and police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.
It was another blow for Rio’s public image as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup in June.
National coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fears the unrest could harm his team’s chances:
“I think protests can happen. If they are normal, without smashing things up, then that is democracy. It’s a social situation. Everyone has the right to protest against A or B, but I don’t know if this is the right time for this to happen, said Scolari in an interview.
Violent anti-government protests ripped across Brazil last year, with people demanding better services and questioning the billions being spent on the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
They have since diminished but more are planned to coincide with the football.