CNN Crew Injured in Brazil World Cup Protests

June 13, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A CNN producer and a correspondent were injured when Brazilian police fired tear gas Thursday during a protest at the World Cup in Sao Paulo, CNN reports.

CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis was hit on the wrist and reporter Shasta Darlington was cut on the arm as police tried to hold back a small group trying to reach the soccer stadium where the World Cup is being played, the story reports.

“Critics are furious at the Brazilian government for spending $11 billion on the World Cup instead of low-income housing, hospitals and schools,” the article notes. “More than 3,000 families have joined the squatter settlement known as the ‘People's Cup,’ hoping to use the global sporting event as a platform to pressure the government to provide low-income housing.”

Police in Sao Paulo were reportedly using tear gas and flash bombs to break up the group of protesters. Both Darlington and Arvanitidis were said to be OK after receiving treatment for what was described as minor injuries.

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