More than 10 canisters of gas are fired down the middle of the road. Children, the elderly, workers, shops, apartments – all enveloped in the toxic clouds. The street’s small bars (botecos) fill up with gas. And inside the lobby of a humble residential hotel, tear gas.
These are strange days in Anhangabaú, the valley that runs though part of São Paulo’s busy downtown. For one thing, the area has just played host to a sudden incursion of hordes of foreign football fans, roaming the streets around the fenced-in FIFA Fan Fest, taking thumbs-up selfies with friendly local fans, and making themselves at home at the tables outside Bar Guanabara, a stately café-bar on a corner of Avenida São João, for all the world as if they were on a street in Amsterdam.
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