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Brazil police arrest protesters before WCup final

Brazil police arrest anti-World Cup protesters 1 day before tournament's final match
Posted on July 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 12, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil police tell local news media they have arrested 19 people suspected of vandalism during recent anti-World Cup protests in Rio de Janeiro.

Saturday morning’s arrests are apparently aimed at preventing more protests during Sunday’s final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany in Rio’s Maracana stadium.

Police tell the G1 news portal says police seized gas masks, fireworks and firearms.

Calls to the police department for more details went unanswered.

On Friday, police said more than 25,000 soldiers and police will be deployed in the city on Sunday. It’s the biggest security detail in Brazil’s history.




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 FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2012 file photo, Chairmen of the two chambers of the new FIFA Ethics Committee Michael Garcia, left, from the US and Joachim Eckert, right, from Germany attend a press conference, at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert is unlikely to reach final decisions in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding corruption probe until early next year. The German judge also suggested on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, it was not his job to remove Russia or Qatar as hosts or order a re-vote based on FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia's investigation. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

Updated on Sept. 22, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.
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