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Brazilian police clash with indigenous groups protesting World Cup (PHOTOS)

Published time: May 27, 2014 23:13
Edited time: May 28, 2014 05:07
Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Police in Brasilia responded with tear gas when anti-World Cup demonstrators, about half of which were indigenous peoples, marched on the Brazilian capital and briefly occupied the roof of the parliament building.

The group of some 1,000 protesters moved towards the city’s World Cup stadium in a show of defiance against the large sums of money the state has spent to host this year’s football event.

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Traffic was snarled during rush hour in Brasilia as demonstrators congregated around the Mané Garrincha National Stadium, built to host some of the soccer tournament’s matches during the 32-nation football event which will kick off on June 12, Reuters reported.

At one point, a group of some 500 Amerindians wearing traditional indigenous clothing scaled the walls of Brasilia’s parliament building. According to demonstrators, Brazil’s government has spent too much on the infrastructure to host the World Cup, believing the amount is especially excessive for a developing nation.

The South American nation is still struggling to complete its stadiums and transportation systems in time for the World Cup, while at the same time the event has become a magnet for protests and a symbol of government corruption and misplaced priorities.

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the Planalto palace, the official workplace of Brazil's Presidency in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Brazilian natives from different ethnic groups protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on May 27, 2014 (AFP Photo / Evaristo SA)

Tuesday’s protesters alleged that real estate prices have soared in the run-up to the World Cup, pushing lower-income families out of the areas adjacent to the tournament’s facilities. The games are expected to attract about 600,000 visitors to Brazil.

The World Cup stadium in Brasilia will cost US$849 million by the time it is complete – three times its initial budget, according to city auditors cited by Reuters.

Though there have been numerous protests in the run-up to the football tournament, Tuesday’s demonstration by Brazil’s Indian community was a new development. The indigenous groups in the country, which number about 800,000 (close to 0.5 percent of the country’s population), routinely march on the capital to protest moves to redefine the boundaries of Brazil’s reservations.

Comments (12)

 

Regula 31.05.2014 11:33

Hosting a football event is an economic stimulus: the 600'000 people expected to attend will spend a lot of money, which will increase business and make a profit of the merchants. The economic effect is really why a nation would host such an expensive event. If planned well, so that the infrastructure built can afterwards serve the country, it can be worth the expense.

 

giovannino Michael 29.05.2014 19:52

Here is another edition of the centennial war of Blood against gold and buck.
The honored Natives have all rights to oppose the big fake show of foot-ball. They dont need to see the already scarce resources of the country pocketed by the usual, infamous notorious individuals who live on the shoulders of common people. Neither they need to see spoiled idiots with the ball between their feet being covered by million bucks whilest they are starving.

 

Enki40 28.05.2014 17:26

I'm a huge football fan, however I feel the world cup is not important right now. The world needs a huge fix and for this event to be funded with public money, which should be put into developing the country/community, education and tackling crime, is appalling. If only the footballing world knew about the corruption behind the game..

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