Army to reinforce security for 2014 World Cup teams

Brasilia: Brazil's military will reinforce police providing security at hotels and training camps for the teams playing in the World Cup, the defense ministry said yesterday.

A defense spokesman said President Dilma Rousseff's office had authorized the decision on Monday — the same day 200 striking teachers surrounded the Brazilian team's bus for nearly half an hour and blocked it from carrying the squad to their first day at base camp.

"It was already planned that the armed forces could provide this support. Now that teams have begun arriving, it's been officially authorised," said the spokesman.

A 30-troop infantry platoon was sent on Wednesday to Brazil's base camp in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro, to reinforce security for the team, which plays the opening match of the tournament against Croatia on June 12.

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