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Brazil journalist hurt in Rio protest dies

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:50 AM
 
Riot policemen follow demonstrators during a joint protest against a rise on public bus fares and the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb 10, 2014. A Brazilian journalist has died of a head injury sustained in a Rio street protest as the city prepares to host the World Cup, his employer said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - A Brazilian journalist has died of a head injury sustained in a Rio street protest as the city prepares to host the World Cup, his employer said on Tuesday.

Furious Brazilians have been protesting since last June over what they consider poor public services like transport, education and health care while the country spends billions to host the World Cup starting in June and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

The unrest in the South American giant normally associated with Carnaval and good times has triggered concern over whether the Games will be safe for athletes and visitors.

Television news cameraman Santiago Ilidio Andrade, 49, was left in a coma after being hit in the head with a flare during protests against bus fare increases last Thursday.

 
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