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Police tear-gas homeless people on eve of World Cup

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Cities battle it out to host World Cup matches in 2018 Cities battle it out to host World Cup matches in 2018

Brazilian police have used tear gas on homeless protestors in Sao Paulo.

The authorities claim that the demonstrators began throwing rocks as they marched near city hall.

Sao Paulo is one of the 12 venues for this year's World Cup, which kicks off in June.

The homeless protestors are furious that schemes for new housing in the city have been delayed, while many are angry that the government has spent billions on the World Cup while ignoring urgently needed social infrastructure.

The police said that members of the Homeless Workers Movement started burning tires and throwing missiles, which led to them taking action.

According to the mayor's office, the city urgently needs 700,000 new homes.

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