World Cup Security Guards in Two Cities Replaced by Police After Protests

South Africa’s World Cup organizers replaced security guards with police officers at stadiums in Cape Town and Durban after the officials went on strike over pay, Rich Mkhondo, chief communications officer of the Local Organizing Committee, said.

Security officials meant to monitor the match between Italy and Paraguay quit their posts before the game, he said in a mobile phone interview today. Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a protest over pay following yesterday’s match between Germany and Australia in Durban, on South Africa’s east coast.

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