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Rio judge orders 23 anti-World Cup protesters jailed

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A firework is set off during an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014
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A firework is set off during an anti-World Cup protest near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014 (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered 23 people jailed for "violence" during ant-World Cup protests, including those arrested before the Argentina-Germany final.

Judge Flavio Itabaiana de Oliveira Nicolau said Friday the dicision was made because of "the danger the accused pose to the public."

Of the 23, two of those jailed are accused of the death of a Brazilian TV camerman who was killed when he was struck by a flare.

Minutes before the final, police launched tear gas and stun grenades to disperse some 300 anti-Wold Cup protestors who tried to march toward Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

But World Cup protests on the whole were much smaller that the the mass protests that rocked Brazil during last year's Confederations Cup.

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