World Cup 2014: 22 Staggering Images Of Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes Taking On The Riot Police With Bows And Arrows

The country has been no stranger to anti-World Cup demonstrations, from Brasilia, to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, from activists angry at the multi-billion cost of staging the tournament in a country where the poorest 34% receive less than 1.2% of the nation’s income.

Resplendent in tribal headgear and body point, with bows and arrows held aloft, aiming their weapons at Brasilia’s riot police, these indigenous protesters took on horse-mounted riot police armed with tear gas and shields.

These were the extraordinary scenes just hours before Brazil’s World Cup team began their training for the tournament, as the índios attempted to force their way toward the capital’s National Stadium, firing arrows and throwing rocks.

Protesters in traditional headdress squared off against Brazilian police mounted on horses


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