Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said that she will not allow “verbal aggression” to intimidate the flow of the World Cup. On Thursday she was the target of crude chants from part of the crowd who attended the opening game between Brazil and Croatia.
Rousseff, who is seeking re-election in October, said that the chants were nothing compared to what she had to endure in jail during military rule.
Hundreds of thousands of people have protested across the country to protest against perceived overspending and corruption in preparations for the World Cup and the Olympics, scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Rousseff said: “I won’t be intimidated by insults that children and families shouldn’t be hearing.” She said that the obscene chants, which could be clearly heard on television during the match, did not reflect the opinions of most Brazilians.
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