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Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
A journalist is taken from a protest on a stretcher outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
Police fire rubber bullets at protestors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police have clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
A journalist is carried after being injured during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
A protestor gestures to police during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
View of a huge banner against FIFA during an anti-World Cup protest in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2014. Brazil was nervously gearing up for the start of the World Cup on Thursday with the host nation preparing to launch the month-long carnival as scattered protests broke out just hours from kick-off.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
Protestors rally during a World Cup demonstration on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first day of World Cup play.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
Riot policemen stand guard during an anti-World Cup protest on the morning the Brazilian mega-city hosts the tournament's opening match, in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to break up dozens of protesters gathering near a Sao Paulo subway station with a red banner reading "If we have no rights, there won't be a Cup," saying they planned to march as close as possible to Corinthians Arena, the city's World Cup stadium.
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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament.
A demonstrator stands in front of police during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup.
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Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo on Thursday, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in the city.

The protest, which gathered about 100 people, was minuscule in comparison to last year's wave of demonstrations that sent a million people into the streets on a single night.

At least four other protests were called for in Sao Paulo, along with demonstrations in Rio and at least another five cities.

Live TV images showed Sao Paulo police unleashing tear gas and stun grenades on the protesters as they moved to block a main road leading to the stadium where the Cup opening match will be played, with Brazil taking on Croatia.

Two CNN journalists were injured in the clash, the network said on its website.

One of the journalists had her hand injured by a tear gas canister. The extent of injuries of the other journalist was not clear, nor if any protesters were hurt in the action.