Brazil World Cup 2014 Protests: Indigenous Tribes Clash with Riot Police in Brasilia

Indigenous protesters in traditional feathered head-dresses, wielding bows and arrows clashed with riot police armed with tear gas in Brazil's capital. One officer was shot in the leg with an arrow and an exhibition of the World Cup trophy was cancelled.

An indigenous Brazilian aims an arrow at riot police who fired tear gas at protestersReuters

Riot police fired tear gas at protesters as they approached a new stadium that will host World Cup matches. Protesters tossed tear gas canisters back at officers, along with stones and pieces of wood.

A riot policeman fires tear gas at protestersAFP
A man in a feathered head-dress kicks a tear gas grenade back at riot policeReuters
A native Brazilian man stands in front of the Mane Garrincha stadium as police use tear gas to prevent a group of protesters from approaching itReuters

Some of the demonstrators were armed with bows and arrows, and fired a few arrows at mounted police, one of which hit an officer in the leg. Authorities said surgery was required to remove it.

Police stop indigenous protesters from marching towards the Mane Garrincha stadium where the World Cup trophy was on public displayReuters

Activist groups told the newspaper Globo that at least two indigenous people were also injured, though it was not clear how it happened or their condition.

The clashes forced officials to call off a ceremony just outside Brasilia's stadium where the World Cup trophy was to be exhibited.

Men from different indigenous groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official office of Brazil's Presidency, in BrasiliaAFP
Raoni, chief of the Kayapo people, attends a protest in front of the National Congress in BrasiliaAFP
Chief Raoni (right) joins the protest in front of the Planalto palaceAFP

Indigenous activists were protesting against legislation that threatens to shrink the size of some reserves for indigenous groups. They were joined by demonstrators rallying against Brazil's hosting of the World Cup.

Many Brazilians are angered about the billions being spent on the tournament, saying the money should have gone towards improving Brazil's woeful public services.

Brazil has seen almost daily protests in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, which begins on 12 June.

Young people from various Brazilian tribes attend the protest in BrasiliaAFP
Brazilians from different ethnic groups protest on the National Congress in BrasiliaAFP
Members of Brazil's various indigenous tribes protest in front of the Planalto palaceAFP
Indigenous people of different ethnic groups look at a photograph on a camera during a protest against the policies of President Dilma Rousseff's government and the costs of hosting the 2014 World CupReuters

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