Brazil football protests continue for second day

Reuters -06/17/2013

Rio de Janeiro: Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds as protests marred a second successive day of the Confederations Cup football tournament in Brazil on Sunday.

Protesters tried to pass a police blockade outside Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium where Mexico were playing Italy in the tournament, a run-through event for next year’s World Cup finals.

TV crews filmed police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd estimated by local media at around 600 people. “They were trying to negotiate with the protesters to retreat, I am a protester,” one man told Reuters TV.

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