Brazil sets aside $856M for World Cup security

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Photo - Police helicopter hovers in front of the National Stadium during a practice for security operations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The football stadium is a multi-purpose arena that will host games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Police helicopter hovers in front of the National Stadium during a practice for security operations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, May 22, 2014. The football stadium is a multi-purpose arena that will host games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament that starts in June. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian officials say they are setting aside about $856 million and preparing 157,000 soldiers and police officers for the security plan for the monthlong World Cup.

Defense Minister Celso Amorim told a news conference Friday that Brazil is "perfectly prepared" to guarantee security for citizens and visitors to the dozen cities hosting the soccer tournament beginning June 12.

Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said authorities don't anticipate protests as intense as those seen during last year's Confederations Cup, a warm up for this year's championship.

The ministers said the money will be used to buy equipment including patrol cars, aircraft, computers and non-lethal weapons, and for specialized training for such things as terrorism prevention and handling explosives, as well as expanding intelligence services.

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