Brazilians protest high cost of hosting World Cup
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — At least 500 protesters complaining against the high cost of staging the World Cup rallied today in front of the National Stadium in Brasilia just hours before Brazil played Japan in the opening match of the Confederations Cup.
Riot police were called up to keep demonstrators from getting too close to the stadium as thousands of fans arrived for the inaugural match in the nation’s capital.
There was no confrontation, but a few tear gas bombs were thrown by the police to try to control the protesters as they moved near the venue.
Protesters carried banners saying that too much money was being spent on the Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup while the majority of the population continued to struggle.
“We are demanding more respect to the population,” said 21-year-old Vinicius de Assis, one of the protesters. “They are building these overpriced stadiums and are not worrying about the situation of their own people.”