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Powerful Photos Capture The Defiance Of Brazil's Indigenous People During World Cup Protest

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Members of Brazil's indigenous tribes protested in the country's capital on Tuesday, leading to dramatic clashes with riot police some two weeks ahead of the start of the 2014 World Cup.

Dressed in traditional headdress and armed with bows and arrows, the group rallied against legislation they fear will shrink reserves and undermine protection of their ancestral lands.

The indigenous protesters then joined hundreds of Brazilians marching on Brasilia's World Cup stadium in outrage at the huge sums spent on the upcoming soccer tournament, the BBC reports.

Riot police tried to block the march with volleys of tear gas, sparking clashes that left two indigenous protesters injured and one officer speared in the leg with an arrow, according to the Associated Press.

Thousands of Brazilians have joined similar demonstrations across the country over the past year, decrying that the games' hefty price tag would have been better spent on basic public services.

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    Indigenous protesters clash with military police during a protest against the World Cup outside the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    An indigenous protester shouts slogans during clashes with military police during a protest against the World Cup, outside the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    Indigenous Brazilians from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indigenous Brazilians protest outside the Supreme Court in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    Indigenous Brazilians protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An indigenous protester runs with his bow during a protest against the World Cup outside the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    Indigenous Brazilians aim their bows at the Planalto palace during a protest in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indigenous Brazilians protest on top of the National Congress in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Brazilian chief Raoni attends a protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    An Indigenous protester in traditional headdress gets ready to fire an arrow against the military police during a protest against the World Cup outside the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    People protest against the upcoming World Cup in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indigenous Brazilians protest outside the Supreme Court in Brasilia, Brazil, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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    An indigenous man protests in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indigenous people protest in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indigenous Brazilians protest on top of the National Congress in Brasilia on May 27, 2014. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

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