A demonstrator (C, rear) is detained by riot police before
the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany in
Rio de Janeiro. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Police in Rio de Janeiro used tear gas to disperse a
small group of protesters who tried to push past a blockade
before the World Cup final, a spokeswoman said.
The confrontation took place in the Seans Peña plaza, near
the Maracana stadium about an hour before Argentina played
Germany. Fans inside the stadium seemed unaware of the
The military police spokeswoman declined to give further
information but local media said about 200 protesters in the
area had tried to make their way towards Maracana.
Protests across Brazil have petered out since the month-long
soccer tournament started on June 12, but authorities are
trying to preempt violence during the final now that Brazil
is out of the tournament and online videos have encouraged
violent fringe groups to return to the street.
Police in Rio on Saturday detained 19 people with a history
of committing vandalism during protests, earning sharp
condemnation from human rights groups that said the
detentions were unwarranted.
A police crackdown against students a year ago was considered
largely responsible for setting off a protest movement that
brought more than a million people into the streets to air
grievances over corruption and rising prices and to contrast
the high cost of the tournament with the poor state of public
About 26,000 security forces were on duty during the final
match attended by several presidents, while 1,500 private
security guards were inside Maracana.