Brazilians Protest Against Brazil Staging The 2014 World Cup
As the 2014 FIFA World Cup approaches, protests against Brazil staging the competition have continued to heighten.
Protesters took to the streets on Thursday across 7 cities set to host World Cup matches and dozens of other cities.
The protesters, under the umbrella Brazil’s homeless workers movement in Brasilia, carried banners displaying various slogans.
One of them read, “FIFA go home”.
In Sao Paulo, about 10000 of them occupied several streets including those close to the city’s Cornthians arena, venue of the opening match between Brazil and Croatia.
They claim that, the huge amount of money that went into the construction of the FIFA quality stadium could have been used to combat poverty and improve health care.
The demands of the protesters include protesting freely during the championship, compensation for the families of construction workers who died building stadia and other venues as well as a guarantee that families displaced as a result of the new stadia will be provided with housing.
Demonstrations also took place in Rio De Janeiro, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Salvador.