Jul 12, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT
Is 25,000 soldiers and officers a lot of security? Cause it seems like a lot of security.
As protests and vandalism continue around Brazil ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday, authorities are ramping up their efforts to make sure the title match is safe and sound.
Gas masks, firearms and fireworks were all seized in a recent round of arrests at protests in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil police tell local news media they have arrested 19 people suspected of vandalism during recent anti-World Cup protests in Rio de Janeiro.
Saturday morning’s arrests are apparently aimed at preventing more protests during Sunday’s final World Cup match between Argentina and Germany in Rio’s Maracana stadium.
On Friday, police said more than 25,000 soldiers and police will be deployed in the city on Sunday. It’s the biggest security detail in Brazil’s history.
In one of the days most obvious statements, protests and associated safety are one of FIFA’s biggest concerns. Soccer’s governing body attempted to quell the anti-tournament fever by establishing a $100 million social fund last month?
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