70000 extra police for Brazil World Cup

Brazil has announced a security boost of around 70,000 additional police officers for the World Cup.  These additional officers bring the total number of security personnel during the tournament to 170,000, including around 20,000 security stewards trained to work in the tournament’s 12 stadiums.

President Dilma Rousseff added on Wednesday that the armed forces could be brought in if necessary.  Security during the tournament had been a concern for some after protests last week in which a cameraman was killed by a firework.

At a security conference on Thursday, a Justice Ministry official, Andrei Rodrigues, told reporters:  “We have a lot of concerns, not so much about protests which are a democratic right, but rather about potential violence. We are committed to preventing violence during any protest activity.”

During the conference, FIFA security director Ralf Mutschke expressed the full confidence of all the teams in the level of security to be provided.

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