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Brazil Protesters Burn Tires at Most Expensive World Cup Stadium

June 14, 2013

Police dispersed about 200 people after protesters burned tires and blocked traffic outside the venue that will host tomorrow’s opening of soccer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.

The demonstration, organized by a group demanding greater support for the homeless, had initially been authorized by local authorities before some protesters started burning tires, Marco Antonio, head of the central Brasilia police delegation, said in an interview.

The Mane Garrincha stadium in Brazil’s capital Brasilia has come under increasing scrutiny from critics who’ve complained about its cost as well as its future use. At about $750 million, it’s the most expensive of the 12 stadiums Brazil will use during next year’s World Cup.

“They want the government to invest what they did in the stadium into new housing for the poor,” Antonio said, standing next to a mound of smoldering tires.

Brazil plays Japan tomorrow in the opening game of the Confederations Cup, an eight-team warm up event for the World Cup.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in Rio de Janeiro at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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