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Brazil's indigenous, police clash in protest

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) - Indigenous protesters in traditional headdress clashed with police in Brazil's capital Tuesday, resulting in one officer being shot in the leg with an arrow and the cancellation of a ceremony to open the exhibition of the World Cup trophy.

In clashes broadcast live on television, riot police fired tear gas into small pockets of protesters as they approached Brasilia's new stadium that will host Cup matches. Protesters were seen picking up the gas canisters and tossing them back at officers, along with stones and pieces of wood.

Some of the demonstrators were armed with bows and arrows, and fired a few arrows at mounted police, one of which hit an officer in the leg. Authorities said surgery was required to remove it.

Activist groups told the newspaper Globo that at least two indigenous people were also injured, though it wasn't clear how it happened or the status of their condition.

The clashes, which drew about 300 demonstrators, ended by nightfall.

But the violence forced officials to call off a ceremony just outside Brasilia's stadium where the World Cup trophy was to be exhibited.

Indigenous activists were there to complain about legislation before congress that threatens to shrink the size of some reserves for indigenous groups.

They were joined by demonstrators rallying against Brazil's hosting of the World Cup. Many Brazilians are angered about the billions being spent on the tournament, saying the money should have gone to improving Brazil's woeful public services.

Brazil has seen almost daily protests in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, which begins June 12. Last year, huge anti-government protests took over streets in dozens of cities during the Confederations Cup, which is international soccer's warm-up tournament for its premier event, the World Cup.

Recent protests have been far smaller than those seen last year, when a total of 1 million people took to the streets across Brazil on a single night.

Elsewhere in the country Tuesday, about 500 teachers peacefully rallied on a main avenue in Sao Paulo, South America's largest city. The educators have been on strike for about a month, demanding higher salaries.

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Bill Jochimsen May 28 2014 at 12:39 AM

Just watch. It's going to get worse. Folks "relocated" against their wills. Billions spent on a sport while millions starve and live in shanties. You aint seen anything yet.

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jeffreyluckyana May 27 2014 at 11:59 PM

I hope the indigenous people win.

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Paul FIQUET May 28 2014 at 7:15 AM

I have to agree with the Indians....Brazil has devastated their land...cut trees...burnt jungles. brought all kind of disease that the Indians have no natural ways to fight..and the state is spending millions for the world cup ?????

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JEFFERSODA May 28 2014 at 12:19 AM

Brazil is a ******* mess.

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YourFtr May 28 2014 at 12:10 AM

Indiginous Indians say
"We don't want no stinky game;
while you are cutting down the World of the Forest "

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ian47pegasus May 28 2014 at 3:42 AM

NOT FAIR ! The Taliban were given guns , amo, explosives for their fight, These poor Indians only got bows an arrows.....not fair !

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maqita ian47pegasus May 28 2014 at 8:48 AM

Crazy, this should not be fun for your pleasurable sense of humor Ian47. Let's get serious here.

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naru's # 1 fan ian47pegasus May 28 2014 at 12:07 PM

This is a protest, not a war... -.-

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Marquita May 28 2014 at 1:35 AM

Things were fine until someone took an arrow to the knee...

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wnagle53 Marquita May 28 2014 at 8:11 AM

back to wounded knee

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Walkinstik wnagle53 May 28 2014 at 12:26 PM

Wounded Knee was the result for what happened at Little Big Horn. History repeatimg its self again. The fact still remains `The Genral (Custer) still doesn't ride well anymore, LOL.

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lindarobinbrian May 28 2014 at 8:43 AM

How come the Liberals in Hollywood are not supporting the Indigenous tribes in Brazil? Are they not political enough? They want to take away their land. The politicians and ultra rich must have a "need" for the resources. The ultra rich have been killing this planet for decades. The ultra rich media bull---- of being caring and dedicated to helping the poor and saving our planet is nothing but bull----. The true philanthropists are those who donate money (even if its a dollar) that they need to help someone else. Altruism does not exist within the realm of the ultra rich.

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Randy1953 lindarobinbrian May 28 2014 at 11:00 AM

Only Clint Eastwood and Marlin Brando complained when the government started breaking treaties in the 1970s . The rest of Hollywood is to busy looking good to get their hands dirty .

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stengernc May 28 2014 at 7:12 AM

The 1% around the world want to enslave economically and emotionally the other 99%. In America they use mostly the Republican party to achieve that goal....just how stupid are we???

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jayreda May 28 2014 at 5:36 AM

The Brazilian people are making a big mistake in rioting at this stage and time of the world cup because what is been invested is already there so the public should behave and try keep it peaceful so the nation may get back some of the revenue and money been invested

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