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Host Cities Will Receive 1,400 Men Troop During World Cup

11/27/2013 - 08h20

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FERNANDO RODRIGUES
FROM BRASILIA

The Ministry of Defense will send troops with about 1,400 men each to the 2014 World Cup host cities.

According to Defense Minister, Celso Amorim, the number may increase, "depending on need" and circumstances.

In an interview with Folha and UOL, the company from the Grupo Folha, which publishes Folha, Amorim said the size of the troop is similar to that used in the Confederations Cup.

All actions will be coordinated by the State by with the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. The minister says "these troops are in the event that the public security forces will not be enough, say, in some situation for whatever reason."

Amorim said that the forces of contingency attended recent events such as the visit of the pope Francis to Rio, when there was the enactment of what is technically called the Guarantee from Law and Order - during Mass on Copacabana beach.

The total budget of the Ministry of Defence for the World Cup (which is already being spent in the Confederations Cup) is US$ 300 million. The Federal Police received a budget of approximately US$ 440 million to prepare.

Much of this money is to equip the troops and often the result is not noticeable to the public.

"Thank God it never happened, but we have to have it: instruments to protect people in case of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack ," says Celso Amorim.

During the Confederations Cup, "not everything was possible to buy". Now, the Armed Forces are in the process of acquiring more equipment.

One of these equipments are antiaircraft that must be placed close to the stadiums where the World Cup games will be played.

Translated by SIMONE PALMA

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Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
In an interview with *Folha* and UOL, Defense Minister said the size of the troop is similar to that used in the Confederations Cup
In an interview with Folha and UOL, Defense Minister said the size of the troop is similar to that used in the Confederations Cup