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Police use tear gas to block World Cup protesters from stadium

Tear gas was fired at an anti-World Cup protest group attempting to enter the stadium where the World Cup opening match was scheduled to be played Thursday afternoon. One person was arrested.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

SAO PAULO, June 12 (UPI) -- Brazilian police used tear gas on Thursday to block a small group of World Cup protesters from making their way to Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo.

The protesters reportedly planned to stage an anti-World Cup demonstration at the stadium where the opening match was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

At least one person was arrested.

Many Brazilians are angered that the government invested $15 billion, drawn mostly from public funds, in the soccer tournament. Anti-World Cup protesters argue that the billions should instead have been invested in social projects, including housing and salary increases for public servants.

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