Tear Gas vs. Bow and Arrows: Indigenous Protesters Clash Outside Brazil’s National Stadium Ahead of World CupPosted: May 31, 2014 | |
For Mail Online, Julian Robinson reports: Indigenous people armed with bows and arrows have clashed with mounted police armed with tear gas, helmets and riot shields – just weeks before the World Cup begins.
Protestors wearing traditional tribal dress squared up to police in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia – and one officer ended up being shot in the leg with an arrow.
The violent scenes unfolded next to the Mane Garrincha National Stadium, amid a climate of increasing civil disobedience by groups looking to disrupt the event saying it will cost too much for a developing nation.
Stand off: Mounted police, armed with tear gas and riot helmets, confront native Brazilians, brandishing bows and arrows, to stop them from marching towards the Mane Garrincha stadium during a demonstration in Brasilia
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 throwing 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 was not clear how it happened or the status of their condition…(read more)
- Brazil World Cup 2014 Protests: Indigenous Tribes Clash with Riot Police in Brasilia (ibtimes.co.uk)
- Brazilian Use Tear Gas on Anti-World Cup Protesters (hispanicallyspeakingnews.com)
- Brazilian protesters in traditional dress clash with police – video (theguardian.com)