World Cup protests con­tinue in Brazil

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Sev­eral hun­dred people marched through Brazil’s big­gest city yes­ter­day in a peace­ful protest that was the lat­est in a se­ries of small demon­stra­tions against the up­com­ing World Cup.

Brazil will host the June 12-July 13 tour­na­ment for the first time since 1950 but there is un­rest among lo­cals who be­lieve too much money has been spent on pre­par­ing for the global show­piece to the detri­ment of pub­lic ser­vices such as health, ed­u­ca­tion and trans­port.

Pro­test­ers braved the tor­ren­tial rain and a heavy po­lice pres­ence to chant, “There’s Not Go­ing To Be A World Cup” and “FIFA Go Home”.

Such protests are small but fre­quent and fol­low a more wide­spread wave of demon­stra­tions that took place dur­ing last year’s Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup when more than a mil­lion people took to the streets to protest what they con­tend is in­suf­fi­cient so­cial spend­ing.

The protests con­tin­ued af­ter the tour­na­ment ended but the ap­pear­ance of in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent el­e­ments saw the num­bers at­tend­ing plum­met.

Yes­ter­day’s demon­stra­tion was peace­ful.

With the kick off less than two months away, three of the sta­dia are still un­fin­ished and sev­eral air­ports and pub­lic trans­porta­tion projects are late, scaled back, or have been aban­doned al­to­gether.

Sepp Blat­ter, FIFA Pres­i­dent

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