Policemen take up position next to barricades on fire set up by residents during a protest against the death of a man in Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, in the Copacabana neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Landau
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One person was shot dead as violent protests erupted Tuesday near Rio's famed Copacabana beach after a dancer was killed allegedly by police, less than two months before the World Cup in Brazil.After waves of street protests last year over poor living conditions, the latest unrest was yet another embarrassment for Brazil as the Latin American giant prepares to stage the World Cup in June and the Summer Olympics in 2016 .Police have been cranking up efforts in recent months to clear favelas of violent criminals before the month-long World Cup kicks off on June 12 .Friends of the dancer, Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, alleged that he was caught in a shoot-out on Monday night between police and drug traffickers.
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