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Brazilian police clash with #WorldCup protesters

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 Demonstrators gather during an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. Brazil was nervously gearing up for the start of the World Cup on Thursday with the host nation preparing to launch the month-long carnival as scattered protests broke out just hours from kick-off. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
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What others took as a great day and had dream country to be in the world Cup some others were indifference to such notion.  More than 300 demonstrators gathered along a main highway leading to the stadium. Some in the crowd tried to block traffic, but police repeatedly pushed them back, firing canisters of tear gas and using stun grenades. Read more and see more pics after cut...

A few protesters suffered injuries after being hit by rubber bullets, while others were seen choking after inhaling tear gas. An Associated Press photographer was injured in the leg after a stun grenade exploded near him. CNN reported on its website that two of its journalists were also injured.
“I’m totally against the Cup,” said protester Tameres Mota, a university student at the demonstration. “We’re in a country where the money doesn’t go to the community, and meanwhile we see all these millions spent on stadiums.”

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Demonstrators gather during an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. Brazil was nervously gearing up for the start of the World Cup on Thursday with the host nation preparing to launch the month-long carnival as scattered protests broke out just hours from kick-off. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

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A riot policeman stops a passer-by during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament’s opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images
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Police push back protesters and journalists in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
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A police officer searches a protester during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
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A demonstrator stands in front of police during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images
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