Protests rocked the Confederations Cup on Friday as activists set fire to mounds of tires, blocking the entrance of Brasilia's Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha.
Several hundred protesters surrounded police and local firefighters to prevent them from extinguishing the blaze, which sent plumes of thick black smoke high above the national stadium. There were no apparent casualties or injuries.
The Confederations Cup is scheduled to kick off on Saturday afternoon with Brazil hosting Asian champions Japan. The protests are not expected to derail either the opening ceremonies or Saturday's game.
The group, identifying itself as the Front for Urban Resistance (ANCOP) in a written statement given to FOX Sports, claimed that it is undertaking 12 other actions across Brazil on Friday at World Cup sites. That claim could not be independently verified; however, other protests took place overnight in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and a security alert was issued on Friday advising travelers to ...