CNN reporter Shasta Darlington and producer Barbara Arvanitidis were hit by a tear gas canister during live coverage of protesters in the vicinity of the World Cup on opening day. CNN was broadcasting seven miles from Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians stadium.
"A patchwork of plastic tents has appeared on an empty piece of land less than 2.5 miles (about 4 kilometers) from the World Cup stadium. More than 3,000 families have joined the squatter settlement known as the 'People's Cup,' hoping to use the global sporting event as a platform to pressure the government to provide low-income housing," reports CNN. "Critics are furious at the Brazilian government for spending $11 billion on the World Cup instead of low-income housing, hospitals and schools."
"Demonstrations were staged in 18 cities last month. The biggest and most violent was in Sao Paulo, where police shot tear gas and protesters threw rocks and smashed the windows of a car dealership and a bank," further reports CNN. At least one person was arrested in the protest that CNN got caught in.
Both CNN employees reported very minor injuries as a result of being struck with the canister.