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Confederations Cup kicks off, but not without incident

Jun 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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The Confederations Cup is under way in Brazil, but not everybody’s happy about it.

Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the National Stadium in Brasilia to demonstrate their anger at the high amount of public money used by the government in order to prepare the country for next year’s World Cup.

The World Cup hosts get to host the Confederations Cup the year before, and therefore the protestors targeted this event as a good way to voice their displeasure.

Signs were displayed saying the people would rather the money be spent on bettering education and health care, rather than the World Cup.

Riot police kept crowds at bay and corraled them about a mile from the stadium.  The Washington Post said a bit of tear gas was used to control the crowds, as well as rubber bullets and pepper spray.  There were no confrontations between protestors and fans that were reported.

The hometown team dominated Japan 3-0 in the opening match of Group A play, with a cracking goal from Neymar in the third minute to send Brazil on their way to three points.  Tomorrow Mexico plays Italy and Uruguay will take on defending world champions Spain.

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