At least 40 injured in Confed cup protests in Brazil

At least 40 injured in Confed cup protests in Brazil

At least 40 injured in Confed cup protests in Brazil

The organizers of the Confederation Cup have promised that the tournament will continue despite the on-going mass protests in Brazil. A huge operation was mounted with 1,500 armed police drafted into protect Maracana stadium on Wednesday night for Spain’s clash against Tahiti.

Demonstrators are voicing their disapproval at the quality of public services, corruption and the high cost of staging next year's World Cup finals. An estimated one million people took to the streets in more than 80 Brazilian cities.

Running clashes were played out between the police and groups of young men in the early hours of Friday morning as protesters poured in to the central area of Rio.

At least 40 people were injured in the clashes as police used tear gas and pepper spray to dispel the crowds.

FIFA and the organizers of the Confederations Cup have said there are no plans to make any changes to the tournament schedule despite the protests.

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