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Riots hit Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Riots have broken out in Rio de Janeiro just 50 days out from the World Cup.

Protesters clashed with police near a famous tourist spot in Copacabana beach regarding the death of a 26-year old man.

According to The Independent, the 'body of professional dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva Pareira was found dead on Tuesday morning' with residents of the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela blaming police for the death, accusing them of mistaking him for a drug dealer.

The report added: 'Rio de Janeiro's State Security Secretariat said his death is being investigated, but his injuries appear to be consistent with a fall, according to Rio authorities'.

There has been other recent unrest in Rio where there are to be four group stage matches held, as well as one Round of 16 fixture, one quarter-final and the final on July 13.

A few other police-related deaths have occurred in the past few days which has the spotlight well and truly on the safety of the area ahead of the world's biggest sporting tournament which kicks off in Sao Paulo when Brazil meet Croatia on June 12.

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