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Brazil: Nearly 100 cities continued to see mass protests in the streets and at airports during the Confederations Cup, which began June 15. Some estimates put the number of demonstrators at more than 1 million, adding to the crowds attending the games. The largest actions took place in the cities of Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where the main stadiums are located. Visitors should use caution in these areas, particularly in Belo Horizonte, which had the most violence. President Dilma Rousseff met with government officials to discuss plans for defusing the demonstrations while also addressing the issues of government misspending that led to the protests.
By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed, Special to Tribune Newspapers
June 27, 2013