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World Cup 2014: 17 Pictures Of Shocking Violence As Police 'Open Live Fire' On Anti-Fifa Protesters

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A Brazilian police officer was filmed firing what appear to be live rounds at anti-World Cup protesters this weekend.

The incident was captured by the Associated Press close to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium during the Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina match on Sunday.

The scenes also saw a man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer fire two shots into the air. He continued firing as he was driven away. The news agency was not able to confirm his identity.

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Protesters were met by walls of riot police during the incident on Sunday close to Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium

Karen Rodrigues, a 23-year-old student who took part in the demonstration told the AP: “We’re seeing tonight the same police brutality we’ve seen during the past year and that’s why we have to keep protesting.”

Around 200 people took part in the protest and were met by walls of military police dressed in riot gear. Tear gas was also fired into the crowds.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urged her country to separate football and politics.

The tournament is projected to cost the country $14bn and has been a strain on public finances and opinion.

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This man identified himself as a plainclothes police officer after he was fronted with officers in riot gear

Some residents have turned to artistic protest – daubing walls with anti-Fifa graffiti.

These powerful images show a nation discontent with corruption, greed and injustice.

One mural in particular, at a Sao Paulo school by renowned street artist Paulo Ito, has gone viral on social media, showing a weeping, starving Brazilian boy, knife and fork in hand, being served a football on a plate.

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    Military Police block anti-World Cup protestors attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Anti-World Cup protestors gather while attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Anti-World Cup protestors gather while attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The protestors were eventually blocked by police before reaching the stadium.
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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Military Police block anti-World Cup protestors attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today is the fourth day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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    Riot police are deployed during a demonstration against the FIFA World Cup near the Maracana stadium, in Rio de Janeiro on June 15, 2014.
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    A tourist is assisted after being injured during a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro near the Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    Tear gas clouds are seen during a demonstration against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro near the Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    Military Police block anti-World Cup protestors attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    A woman is seen through a broken windowpane at a branch after a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro near the Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    Anti-World Cup protestors gather while attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    A woman is seen at a cash dispenser inside a branch whose floor is covered by broken glass from the windowdpanes after a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro near the Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    A man who identified himself as a police officer fired shots to the air near a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro nearby Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    A man who identified himself as a police officer fired shots to the air near a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro nearby Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.
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    Military Police block anti-World Cup protestors attempting to march to Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    An injured tourist is seen after being assisted during a protest against the FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro near the Maracana stadium on June 15, 2014.

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