Brazilian police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators in the northeastern city of Fortaleza hours before a soccer match against Mexico as week-long protests over inflation and public policy spread.
Police also fired tear gas and used mace to disperse a crowd that had broken through a barrier around the stadium where the Brazilian national team plays this afternoon. Some of the protesters, who gathered to express their discontent over public spending on stadiums, responded by throwing stones. The national guard today will reinforce security for soccer matches at Confederations Cup games in three host cities, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.
Clashes in Fortaleza one hour ago:
At least 50.000 protesters in Fortaleza. Car on fire!
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