Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/22/13
Protests in Brazil over the past week have turned violent and the games of FIFA’s Confederations Cup have become a flashpoint for controversy. FIFA has denied that the Confed Cup could be canceled as a result of the protests, but there are now serious questions about country’s ability to host and offer security for a major international sporting event. An estimated 1 million people marched in Brazil’s streets on Thursday and while most of the demonstrations were peaceful, pockets of violence did erupt around the nation. The protests are considered the worst the country has seen since the fall of the military dictatorship in 1985. Demonstrations have coalesced around the Confederations Cup, which will finish group stage play this weekend. Before Thursday’s matchup between Spain and Tahiti, police and protesters clashed, with tear gas and rubber bullets being fired into the crowd. In Brasilia protesters smashed a window at the Foreign Ministry and set fires on the Congressional Mall...
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