Fires, Looting, And Mass Robbery In Brazil After Team’s World Cup Loss

Hundreds of fans forced to leave Copacabana beach after a mass robbery.

1. This afternoon, Brazil suffered one of the worst defeats in World Cup history, giving up five goals in the first 29 minutes of the match, en route to a 7–1 loss to Germany.

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2. Around halftime, fans were spotted burning the national flag.

3. Then hundreds of fans who were watching the game at Copacabana Beach in Rio were forced to flee as a gang of young men carried out a mass robbery, stealing bags and jewelry from the large crowd.

4. As the night continued, several isolated incidents took place in different cities, including looting an electronics store and setting a bus station on fire, which may be related to the transportation strikes since buses were attacked.

5. Extra police were called in to take back control of Copacabana Beach…

6. And dozens of guards were placed in the stadium following the Brazil-Germany match today to ensure safety.

In the meanwhile the guards all prepared to control the situation. #BRAvsGER #WorldCup #Brazil

— Salman (@Salman_Surti)

7. So far, no arrests have been made following these incidents.

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