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Brazilian Protesters And Riot Police Clash In São Paulo Just Hours Before World Cup Kickoff

At least five people have been injured, according to local police Developing...

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Troops clashed with protesters in the streets of São Paulo this morning, just hours before the opening match of the World Cup.

At least five people were injured during the clash, according to Sao Paulo police. The BBC reports at least one protester was arrested.

The demonstrators were protesting the millions of dollars that Brazil has spent on the World Cup, arguing the money should have been spent on improving public services.

Video footage from the BBC appears to show riot police using teargas against protesters, arresting one person.

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São Paulo police taking part in a final World Cup security briefing -

World Cup 2014@WorldCupPosts

São Paulo police taking part in a final World Cup security briefing -

10:56 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Riot troops here at Carrão in São Paulo. Tear gas has been deployed on some #worldcup protesters.

Ben Tavener@BenTavener

Riot troops here at Carrão in São Paulo. Tear gas has been deployed on some #worldcup protesters.

9:24 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police aiming rubber bullet rifles straight protesters & press #saopaulo

Piers Scholfield@inglesi

Police aiming rubber bullet rifles straight protesters & press #saopaulo

9:33 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is happening in Sao Paulo #Brazil right now. #WorldCup #WorldCup2014 #ComeOnEngland

Charlotte Meredith@chmeredith

This is happening in Sao Paulo #Brazil right now. #WorldCup #WorldCup2014 #ComeOnEngland

10:21 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tense scene in São Paulo this morning as police disperse protesters w/ tear gas.

Simon Romero@viaSimonRomero

Tense scene in São Paulo this morning as police disperse protesters w/ tear gas.

9:46 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#AgoraSP Manifestantes protestam contra #Copa2014 próximo ao metrô Carrão, zona leste de São Paulo. Evite o local!

SBT Jornalismo@sbtjornalismo

#AgoraSP Manifestantes protestam contra #Copa2014 próximo ao metrô Carrão, zona leste de São Paulo. Evite o local!

10:01 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Aerial shot of protesters in São Paulo. Tweets reads: "Protesters against the World Cup near Carrao subway. Avoid the area!"

Sao Paulo: Police pepper spraying anti-World protester already on the ground. Totally unnecessary. Photo: g1

Kety Shapazian@KetyBrazil

Sao Paulo: Police pepper spraying anti-World protester already on the ground. Totally unnecessary. Photo: g1

9:58 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A CNN crew was hurt while covering the protest.

CNN's @ShastaCNN has been injured and is bleeding after police used stun grenades on protesters

Ben Tavener@BenTavener

CNN's @ShastaCNN has been injured and is bleeding after police used stun grenades on protesters

9:38 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Correction. Person hurt is CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis. Lots of confusion here. Tear gas and stun grenades

Ben Tavener@BenTavener

Correction. Person hurt is CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis. Lots of confusion here. Tear gas and stun grenades

9:51 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here's that injured CNN journalist, Barbara Arvanitidis, as per @MidiaNINJA & @davidbutter

Annemarie Dooling@TravelingAnna

Here's that injured CNN journalist, Barbara Arvanitidis, as per @MidiaNINJA & @davidbutter

10:42 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gash on my left arm after being hit by a police canister. CNN team back covering @ShastaCNN #CNNWorldCup

Barbara Arvanitidis@Arvanb01

Gash on my left arm after being hit by a police canister. CNN team back covering @ShastaCNN #CNNWorldCup

1:18 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Con esto le tiran a los manifestantes en Sao Paulo ahora.

Adrian Bono@AdrianBono

Con esto le tiran a los manifestantes en Sao Paulo ahora.

10:03 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tweet reads: "This is what protesters are getting thrown in Sao Paulo right now."

Otra foto de los que ocurre en Sao Paulo en estos momentos

Walter Safarian@waltersafarian

Otra foto de los que ocurre en Sao Paulo en estos momentos

10:41 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tweet reads: "Another image of what's happening in Sao Paulo right now."

They are bringing in mounted police to quell protest. Protesters are calling the police repressors. #WorldCup2014

Lulu Garcia-Navarro@lourdesgnavarro

They are bringing in mounted police to quell protest. Protesters are calling the police repressors. #WorldCup2014

11:18 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Meanwhile, soccer fans are arriving at the Itaquerão soccer stadium for the opening match. Photo: g1 #WorldCup

Kety Shapazian@KetyBrazil

Meanwhile, soccer fans are arriving at the Itaquerão soccer stadium for the opening match. Photo: g1 #WorldCup

10:51 AM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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