30 May '14, 12am

#Ronaldo urges crackdown on #WorldCup vandals

#Ronaldo urges crackdown on #WorldCup vandals

SAO PAULO (REUTERS) - Former Brazil soccer star Ronaldo said on Thursday that authorities must crack down if violent protests break out during the World Cup and urged police to "bring down the clubs" on vandals. Strikes and small demonstrations are widespread two weeks from the June 12 opening match as many Brazilians who see no benefits from the costly event use the tournament as an opportunity to air a growing range of grievances. "Protests are always valid ... But the moment masked vandals appear the police have to contain them," Ronaldo said at an event sponsored by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. "I think they have to bring down the clubs, get them off the street." Security is one of the government's primary concerns. Fernando Grella, the top security official for Sao Paulo state, told Reuters that police are assembling possible criminal cases against a small number ...

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