Brazil protests 'more localised'

Protests continue in Brazil following a week of unrest that saw a million people take to the streets to demonstrate against the government. This time the demonstrations have become more localised, calling for action on a range of social issues.

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Protesters confront police at football stadium in Brazil

Sign held by protesters reads Fifa Out! Credit: EBU

Protesters in Brazil attempted to get near two football stadiums last night where Confederations Cup matches were taking place.

Police fired tear gas at protesters in Salvador who attempted to interfere with the Italy v Brazil game. Meanwhile a crowd gathered in the centre of Belo Horizonte on Saturday and marched towards the Mineirao stadium, where Mexico were playing Japan in the Confederations Cup.

Riot police prevented protesters from getting near the football stadium and fired tear gas Credit: EBU
The confederations cup match between Brazil and Italy in Salvador when ahead without interference. Credit: EBU


Brazilian legend criticises country's World Cup spending

Former Brazilian footballer-turned-politician Romario. Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Former Brazil forward Romario has described footballing authority FIFA as "the real president of Brazil" and said the money spent on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup could have been used to build thousands of new schools.

Romario, who spearheaded Brazil's attack when they won the 1994 World Cup and is now a congressman, said Brazil had spent more than twice as much on hosting the World Cup as Germany did in 2006 and South Africa four years later.

In a video post aired on several Brazilian newspapers' websites he said, amid times of hardship in the country, that the money could have been spent elsewhere.

Riot police clash with demonstrators in Brazil

Demonstrators have continued to clash with police near the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, situated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Reports say that one person was killed yesterday amid the anti-government protests over poor public services, health, education and transport.

Riot police try to control the demonstrators in Brazil. Credit: REUTERS/Alexandre C. Mota
Riot police shield themselves from protesters. Credit: REUTERS/Alexandre C. Mota
Demonstrators clash with police close to the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Credit: REUTERS/Alexandre C. Mota

Further protests on the streets of Rio

Protesters demonstrate in Leblon Credit: APTN

Protesters have taken over the affluent neighborhood of Leblon in the city Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as demonstrations against the high cost of public transport continue to spread across the country.

In a televised address Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that further violent protest would not be tolerated.

Hundreds blocked roads as demonstrations against the high cost of public transport continue Credit: APTN
Security guards and police officers confronted protesters but decided not to interfere Credit: APTN


Brazil President backs protests but condemns violence

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has addressed her nation in a televised address. Credit: RTV

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has condemned the violence that has flared across the country in the last week in a televised address.

She said it risks disrupting an "historic opportunity" to deal with the nation's social problems.

Ms Rousseff, who has faced criticism for failing to respond to the unrest, praised the giant protests but said the burning of cars and bloody street battles must end.

Addressing her nation, she said the mass rallies show the "strength of the country's democracy" and commended the Brazilian youths' ambitions to become involved in "lobbying for change".

"We are listening, but we will not put up with violence," she said.

FIFA 'not considering' cancelling Confederations Cup

World football governing body FIFA has not considered cancelling the Confederations Cup in Brazil despite recent unrest, spokesman Pekka Odriozola has said.

"I am not sure that anybody...was expecting something like this....we condemn any form of violence", Mr Odriozola added.

FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola Credit: Reuters

There are eight games left in the tournament and play is due to resume tomorrow with Italy facing Brazil in Salvador and Japan playing Mexico.

The final will take place on Sunday 30 June.

'We want schools and hospitals, not FIFA standards'

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss a response to Thursday's mass protests that brought an estimated 1million people into the streets

Earlier, demonstrators had painted their faces and wore masks during a protest against the Confederations Cup and the government in Recife City.

A colourful protest: Demonstrators take to the streets in Recife City on June 20. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci
A man holds up a sign which reads "We want schools and hospitals, not FIFA standards". Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci
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