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Over 2,000 rally against World Cup in Brazil (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: January 26, 2014 04:12
Edited time: January 27, 2014 10:40

Demonstrators attack a Bradesco bank branch during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

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More than 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Brazil’s largest city of Sao Paulo on Saturday to rally against the high cost of the World Cup, marking this year’s first major protest against the tournament.

Demonstrators protested against the amount of money being spent on the new stadium, which they say should be used to invest in public services including transportation, healthcare, and education.

The protest was mostly peaceful, ending around sunset on Saturday. Police did report some vandalism, such as broken bank windows, a smashed police car, and a Volkswagen Beetle set on fire, Reuters reported.

People take part in the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

Although around 20,000 people confirmed their participation on Facebook in advance, approximately 2,500 protesters attended the rally.

Earlier in June, Brazil was hit with major protests against the Confederation Cup, a rehearsal tournament before the World Cup. More than one million people hit the streets to speak out against corruption and improvised public services.

Many are observing Brazil’s reaction to the World Cup, with some worrying that the protests will hurt the tournament’s image and affect Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity ahead of October elections.

The World Cup is set to kick off in Sao Paolo on June 12, 2014.

Demonstrators put a garbage container upside down during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

A demonstrator attacks a bank branch during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

A civil guard car is attacked by demonstrators during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

Demonstrators attack a bank branch during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

A car burns in flames during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)

A woman carries her daughter away from their car, after it caught fire driving through a flaming barrier during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

Demonstrators light a fire during the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Consolacao Street, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Miguel Schincariol)