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World Cup protests continue in Brazil, snarl Rio traffic (PHOTOS)

Published time: May 31, 2014 02:39
Edited time: May 31, 2014 03:47
Members of the anarchist group Black Bloc protest against the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Members of the anarchist group Black Bloc protest against the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Several demonstrations aimed at Brazil’s upcoming World Cup tournament took place in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, snarling traffic towards the city center.

At least two distinct protests gathered in Rio, organized mainly through online social networks, O Globo reported.

As with previous unrest in the country, many of those who showed up to Friday's events covered their faces with masks and wore dark clothing, holding signs with slogans such as “We want schools, subways, trains, buses, and standard hospitals FIFA.” A large group of teachers was said to have taken part in Friday’s mobilization.

A man fancy-dressed as American comic hero Batman shouts slogans during a protest by anarchist group Black Bloc against the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Members of the anarchist group Black Bloc protest against the FIFA World Cup during their demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

The Latin American country has seen its share of riled demonstrators in the run-up to the World Cup. Protestors have come to link the exorbitant sums spent in preparation for the football tournament as a symptom of government corruption and ineptitude.

Many Brazilians feel that funds which have gone towards World Cup preparations should have been invested into transportation infrastructure and government services, chiefly education and healthcare.

Likewise, protesters have often specifically attacked FIFA, the international football federation, and even the group’s leadership and football players for what they say is the organization’s complicity with the country’s government.

Beyond the demonstrations, preparations for the world sporting event have run into a number of setbacks. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed concern on Thursday regarding the state of three of the twelve massive stadiums that have been built or refurbished for the event, capping off a two-week trip by warning organizers in Natal, Porto Alegre, and Sao Paulo - which will host the first match in two weeks - that it is now a “race against the clock.”

Members of the anarchist group Black Bloc protest against the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Members of the anarchist group Black Bloc protest against the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)

Comments (13)

 

Daniel Castro 31.05.2014 22:11

PT trolls are here, but they do not actually argument, they just engage in personal attacks and mockery.

Br azil isn´t rising, we have no military power, no industries, no cience, we just have natural resources. Brazilian GDP depends upon agrobusiness and iron ore, our so called prosperity is on the hands of redneck rightwingers and financial market.

PT and PSDB are the same, just like in US with deomcrats and republicans, both parties are pupets of the financial market.

 

Gringa Braziliensis 31.05.2014 16:38

I love how the Media focus on 285 people protesting, in a city that has over 6 Million people.
These tiny, flea-size groups, do NOT, under any stretch of the imagination, represent the vast majority of Brazilians.
For perspective: 9 million, yes, 9 million brazilians bought World Cup Panini albuns - now that's a Significant number.
Besides, this tiny protests are not in any way gonna affect the joy of the World Cup, they are very localised, single street - a block down: whole Brazil is peacefull and normal, but I guess, that does not make the News pages.

 

Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa 31.05.2014 15:53

Don't go people!
Forget the festive football tournament.
It's not going to happen.
You'll be dodging rubber bullets if not worse.
Don't go!

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