Brazilian police have used teargas and stun grenades in San Paolo clashing with about 200 protesters angry with the govt overspending on the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This occurred hours before the tournament’s opening game to be held in the city.
Anarchists in São Paulo Rioted Against the World Cup This Weekend
About 2,500 people marched through the streets to the center of São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday to protest against the cost of hosting the World Cup. The sun was beating down and the temperature was hitting 29 degrees as people gathered on Avenida Paulista with flags, drums and, in many cases, black bloc gear. The march was billed as the first action against the World Cup in São Paulo in 2014, on the day that the city celebrated its 460th anniversary.
People have been irritated by the idea of hosting the World Cup for some time. I guess the thought of tens of thousands of football fans crowding the streets, pissing the official tournament beer up against the wall of your house for a month isn’t an appealing one, but the main complaint is the huge expense of building the infrastructure to accommodate them when local social projects are in such dire need of investment. To try to cool things down, the government set up three websites where citizens could track their spending. Unfortunately, this attempt at transparency was let down by a site that is difficult to use andwhich frequently gives contradictory, wrong or misleading information.
And so, on Saturday, the anarchists advanced, arms linked, chanting an animalistic “Uh, uh, uh, uh” as they went. It was kind of scary. Shopkeepers and bar owners shuttered their premises and police were everywhere. The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, was the target of one chant. “Hey, Dilma, can you hear me?” screamed protesters. “There will be fighting in the World Cup!” Unsurprisingly, the country’s riot cops are said to be as well rehearsed as the Samba dancers ahead of the opening ceremony on the 12th of June.