Police in Sao Paulo fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets Thursday to break up an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament’s opening match.
Dozens of protesters gathered near a Sao Paulo subway station with a red banner reading “If we have no rights, there won’t be a Cup,” saying they planned to march as close as possible to Corinthians Arena, the city’s World Cup stadium.
But police carrying anti-riot shields forcefully broke them up before they could start, firing stun grenades and gas.
One officer fired rubber bullets at a shirtless protester who stood in the middle of the street refusing to disperse. Police then detained the man. (AFP)