World Cup: Rio police 'fire live bullets' during protest

A police officer has reportedly fired live rounds at an anti-World Cup protest near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium, where Argentina played Bosnia-Herzegovina .

A man who identified himself as a police officer with a gun in his right hand at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio.
A man who identified himself as a police officer with a gun in his right hand at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio. Credit: APTN

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A plain clothes officer told people not come any closer to him, and fired shots into the air which dispersed the crowd, Associated Press reported.

He then reportedly continued shooting from a car driven by another person as they left the scene.

A man who identified himself as a police officer with a gun in his right hand at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio.
A man who identified himself as a police officer with a gun in his right hand at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio. Credit: APTN

Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio government agency that oversees all security forces, told the Associated Press that if authorities verified the accuracy of a video purporting to show an officer firing living rounds into the air, "we'll immediately open an investigation into the incident."

A protester holding what appears to be a bullet at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio.
A protester holding what appears to be a bullet at an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana stadium in Rio. Credit: APTN

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