RIO DE JANEIRO -- “Violence out of control” screams the front page of Brazilian newspaper O Dia.
It's a theme mirrored across the media here in Rio, after more than 1,000,000 people protested against the government in 100 cities on Thursday.
As police used tear gas and rubber pellets to disperse some of the 300,000-plus people who marched in Rio, at least one death was reported in Sao Paulo, as the mass demonstrations transitioned from peaceful to ugly.
Brazil’s president has canceled an overseas trip to deal with the crisis and she may well be calling FIFA in the coming days to discuss calling off the Confederations Cup, a warm-up tournament for the 2014 World Cup.
FIFA insisted on Friday morning that the possibility of canceling the tournament has not been contemplated, but that could change in the coming days, with this weekend expected to see the largest rallies to date.
While world football’s governing body will do its utmost to resist such a scenario, the safety of supporters, tourists, players and staff must be the priority.
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