June 12 - Tear gas and pepper spray unleashed in Rio on opening day of World Cup in Brazil. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters clashed with riot police in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday on opening day of the World Cup in Brazil. The protesters included teachers, students and demonstrators opposed to the staging of the World Cup. The clashes came after similar clashes in Sao Paulo which will host the first game of the tournament. The tournament has been largely overshadowed so far by construction delays and months of political unrest, as Brazilians vent their anger over $11 billion being spent to host the Cup in a country where hospitals and schools are often poor. Police fired tear and pepper gas at protesters as the protesters marched through the Lapa neighborhood of Rio. Protesters hung up a huge banner saying: "We want health, education and culture valorized". The stakes are high not just on the soccer field. Whether the tournament goes smoothly may also have an effect on President Dilma Rousseff's chances for re-election in October, as well as Brazil's flagging reputation among investors. Rousseff, who will attend the opening game, has dismissed complaints about overspending and delays in preparing stadiums and airports.