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Newscast Media RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilians frustrated with poor public services took
to the streets Thursday across the country, claiming their taxes are spent on
preparations to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
The so-called Day of Struggle against the World Cup saw demonstrations in seven of
the 12 state capitals set to host World Cup matches, and dozens of other cities.
Massive public spending on the large-scale sporting event, coupled with a transit fare
hike, first sparked anti-government protests a year ago, but as the June 12 to July
13 World Cup nears, protests have started up again.
The Association of World Cup People’s Committees (Ancop) presented a list of
grievances they want authorities to address, including their demand to protest freely
during the championship, compensation for the families of construction workers who
died building the stadiums and other venues, a guarantee that families displaced to
make way for the new stadiums will be provided with adequate housing, a freer press
and more government spending on public transportation systems and a free fare.
In Sao Paulo, groups of protesters blocked several major avenues, including streets
near the city’s Corinthians Arena, site of the inaugural match between Brazil and
Croatia on June 12.
In Brasilia, the Movement of Workers Without Shelter (MTST) occupied the offices of
a state-run real estate agency and demand the government fulfill its pledge to help
those unable to afford a home.
Demonstrations also took place in Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Porto
Alegre and Salvador, as well as smaller cities.
The protests appear to contradict Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo’s assertion on
Tuesday, that protests during the World Cup will be ” isolated events.”
Newscast Media SAO PAOLO—As preparations for the 2014 World Cup are under way,
Brazilians are unhappy that the government is spending billions of dollars on new
stadiums that could have been invested in creating job and small business
opportunities for its citizens.
The frustration has triggered acts of vandalism and protests across Brazil with Sao
Paolo, suffering the greatest impact.
According to Russia Today, 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
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.
Newscast Media SAO PAOLO—Spain and Italy have taken important steps towards
qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. England, Portugal and Belgium also
grabbed important wins, while France and the Netherlands were held to draws.
Spain earned a 2-0 win in Finland Friday, with goals from Jordi Alba and Alvaro
Negredo. The defending World and European champions are now three points ahead
of France, who drew 0-0 with Georgia, and leading Group I with 14 points.
Alberto Gilardino’s header proved the winner for Italy in their away match versus
Bulgaria. The Italians are now seven points clear in Group B with three matches to
England beat Moldova 4-0 at home, with a Danny Welbeck brace following early goals
from Steven Gerard and Rickie Lambert. The win puts them atop Group H with 15
points, ahead of Montenegro – who drew 1-1 with Poland – on goal difference with a
game in hand. Ukraine kept their qualification hopes alive with a 9-0 victory against
San Marino, giving them 14 points.
Last week’s Union of European Football Associations World Cup qualifying results are:
Macedonia 2-1 Wales
Serbia 1-1 Croatia
Scotland 0-2 Belgium
Czech Republic 1-2 Armenia
Malta 1-2 Denmark
Italy 1-0 Bulgaria
Kazakhstan 2-1 Faroe Islands
Germany 3-0 Austria
Ireland 1-2 Sweden
Romania 3-0 Hungary
Turkey 5-0 Andorra
Estonia 2-2 Netherlands
Norway 2-0 Cyprus
Slovenia 1-0 Albania
Switzerland 4-4 Iceland
Russia 4-1 Luxembourg
Northern Ireland 2-4 Portugal
Latvia 2-1 Lithuania
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Slovakia
Liechtenstein 0-1 Greece
England 4-0 Moldova
Ukraine 9-0 San Marino
Poland 1-1 Montenegro
Georgia 0-0 France
Finland 0-2 Spain
Source: Deutsche Welle