Protest in Sao Paulo over World Cup turns violent

Mar 25, 2013; Mexico City, MEXICO; General view of FIFA soccer ball at United States training session at Estadio Azteca in advance of World Cup qualifying match against Mexico. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A protest in Sao Paulo on Saturday night over the cost of the upcoming World Cup turned violent, leading to over 100 people being detained.

University student Leonardo Pelegrini dos Santos outlined why the 2,000 protesters are against the Cup, which is slated to start in Sao Paulo on June 12 and end in Rio de Janeiro on July 13:

By rights we mean the people’s right to decent public services. We are against the millions and millions of dollars being spent for the Cup. It is money that should be invested in better health and education services and better transportation and housing (The Guardian).

Another student, Juliana Turno, said Saturday’s protests were just “a small sample of the protests that will happen when the World Cup begins.”

As The Guardian reports, the protestors started their march at the Sao Paulo Art Museum. The gathering was initially peaceful, but an empty police car was overturned when the mass of people reached the downtown area, and then bank windows were broken. Sky News has a video and photos.

Police and protesters previously clashed at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

[Source: The Guardian]

Topics: Brazil, FIFA, Sao Paulo

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