Friday, June 13, 2014

CNN reporter injured by tear gas canister during live coverage of World Cup protests (VIDEO)

The World Cup got off to a riotous start after Brazilian police fired tear gas into a small group of people trying to work its way through Sao Paulo to the Arena Corinthians stadium to protest the opening game.

At least one person was arrested and CNN reporter Shasta Darlington and producer Barbara Arvanitidis were slightly injured when one of the gas canisters hit them. Darlington suffered a minor cut on her arm, and Arvanitidis was hit on the wrist.

A CNN video of the incident shows Darlington in a green blouse and a backpack talking about a skirmish that broke out during a protest before the first World Cup game, which resulted in one arrest. 

Moments later, she is shoved to the side by a demonstrator as police officers in riot gear begin hurling tear gas canisters into the crowd.

"Gotta go!" she cries out before adding, "It hit my arm."

Critics are furious at the Brazilian government for spending $11 billion on the World Cup instead of low-income housing, hospitals and schools.

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