While Brazil were being helped by the referee to an opening night victory the country’s police made a statement in front of the world’s press cameras.
The video above captures the moments when an unarmed protestor was taken by multiple police who seemed to parade him in front of a line of photographers and TV press before pepper-spraying his eyes at point blank range. Shades of the NYPD’s Anthony Bologna and their infamous treatment of female protestors.
Reaction to anti World Cup protests has been heavy handed, stun grenades and rubber bullets have been used on protestors and press. Yesterday CNN staff were injured by police action.