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Protests and strikes await World Cup fans in Brazil

A subway strike has snarled traffic in South America's biggest city and added to widespread concerns about whether Brazilian authorities will be able to prevent street protests and other simmering labor disputes from disrupting the Cup.

Now in its fifth day, shortly after the early morning rush t the Ana Rosa subway station in Sao Paulo, the state metro company said it had fired 60 striking workers, a move some feared could increase tensions further. A local court had ruled on Sunday that the strike was illegal.

Earlier, Brazilian police used tear gas on Monday to disperse metro workers on strike in defiance of a court order to return to work, causing major traffic congestion just three days before the city hosts the opening match of the World Cup soccer tournament.

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