The Confederations Cup final might have ended in triumph for Brazil as they thrashed Spain to lift the trophy, but outside the majestic Maracana tear gas was being fired at the protestors who had come out to continue demonstrating over a number of social issues. According to Professor Anthony Pereira, director of the Brazil Institute at King's College London, these protests highlight the crisis of representation many as many members of the country's middle class feel politicians are not fulfilling their responsibilities and improving social services, as well as an anger that the government is catering to Fifa's demands over that of the public.

After travelling across Brazil during the last two weeks, Pereira tells IBTimes UK in an exclusive interview what the groundswell of indignation across the country means for Brazil, and whether tensions will flare up once more when the World Cup is hosted next year.

Interviewed by Alfred Joyner.

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