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June 26, 2013

100,000 expected to protest before Brazil match

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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil —

The state official in charge of security, Romulo de Carvalho Ferraz, told Brazilian media that 1,500 army troops will be on standby, but he said they were not expected to be needed. Ferraz said the troops had already been on standby before the other two matches in the city.

“I’m in favor of the protests,” Brazil striker Fred said Tuesday. “The people deserve better. But it has to be done without violence and without vandalism. Hopefully the demonstrations will be peaceful tomorrow, without confrontations with the police.”

Protesters have filled cities across the country to air a wide spectrum of grievances, including the high cost of hosting next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

There have been many violent protests before Confederations Cup matches, including in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza.

On Saturday, police estimated that about 60,000 demonstrators gathered in a central square in Belo Horizonte before heading toward the Mineirao Stadium before the match between Japan and Mexico. Riot police fired rubber bullets and used gas bombs and pepper spray to keep the protesters from advancing near the venue.

On Tuesday, protesters returned to the streets in smaller, sporadic protests in a handful of Brazilian cities. They came one day after President Dilma Rousseff proposed a wide range of actions to reform Brazil’s political system.

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