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Brazil president says forces may be used at WCup

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Brazil president says forces may be used at WCup

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National soccer coaches and team representatives pose for a picture during the Team Workshop for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Costao do Santinho hotel in Florianopolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. With the start of the World Cup a few months away, FIFA says it will not pay some of Brazil's World Cup bills even though it admits the local organizers' failure to fulfill their commitments may jeopardize the tournament's success. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- President Dilma Rousseff says Brazil's armed forces could be called on to contain possible violent protests during the upcoming World Cup.

Rousseff told reporters on Wednesday that federal law enforcement officers will be used to beef up local police forces in the 12 cities where World Cup games will be played. She said the government is investing the equivalent of $791 million to this end.

''And if necessary we will also mobilize the armed forces,'' she added.

''We will guarantee the security of fans, tourists, teams and the chief of state that will visit us,'' Rousseff said.

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