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BREAKING: Brazilian Protesters And Riot Police Clash In São Paulo Just Hours Before World Cup Kickoff [LIVE]

There are reports of explosions and police firing teargas at demonstrators. Developing…

There are reports troops clashing with protesters on the São Paulo streets this morning in Brazil. The opening match of the World Cup is scheduled to kickoff in São Paulo at 4 p.m. ET today with Brazil vs. Croatia.

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Ben Tavener@BenTavener
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Riot troops here at Carrão in São Paulo. Tear gas has been deployed on some #worldcup protesters.

9:24 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Piers Scholfield@inglesi
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Police aiming rubber bullet rifles straight protesters & press#saopaulo

9:33 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Charlotte Meredith@chmeredith
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This is happening in Sao Paulo #Brazil right now. #WorldCup#WorldCup2014 #ComeOnEngland

10:21 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Simon Romero@viaSimonRomero
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Tense scene in São Paulo this morning as police disperse protesters w/ tear gas.

9:46 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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SBT Jornalismo@sbtjornalismo
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#AgoraSP Manifestantes protestam contra #Copa2014 próximo ao metrô Carrão, zona leste de São Paulo. Evite o local!

10:01 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

Aerial shot of protesters in São Paulo. Tweets reads: “Protesters against the World Cup near Carrao subway. Avoid the area!”

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Kety Shapazian@KetyBrazil
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Sao Paulo: Police pepper spraying anti-World protester already on the ground. Totally unnecessary. Photo: g1

9:58 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

A CNN crew was hurt while covering the protest.

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Ben Tavener@BenTavener
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CNN's @ShastaCNN has been injured and is bleeding after police used stun grenades on protesters

9:38 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Ben Tavener@BenTavener
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Correction. Person hurt is CNN producer Barbara Arvanitidis. Lots of confusion here. Tear gas and stun grenades

9:51 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Annemarie Dooling@TravelingAnna
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Here’s that injured CNN journalist, Barbara Arvanitidis, as per@MidiaNINJA & @davidbutter

10:42 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

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Adrian Bono@AdrianBono
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Con esto le tiran a los manifestantes en Sao Paulo ahora.

10:03 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

Tweet reads: “This is what protesters are getting thrown in Sao Paulo right now.”

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Walter Safarian@waltersafarian
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Otra foto de los que ocurre en Sao Paulo en estos momentos

10:41 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

Tweet reads: “Another image of what’s happening in Sao Paulo right now.”

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A protester holds a sign that reads in Portuguese “There won’t be a Cup!”

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This story is developing. Follow @BuzzFeedNews for more updates.

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Kety Shapazian@KetyBrazil
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Meanwhile, soccer fans are arriving at the Itaquerão soccer stadium for the opening match. Photo: g1 #WorldCup

10:51 AM - 12 Jun 14

 

Source: Mike Hayes & Conz Preti for Buzzfeed