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World Cup chaos: housing protestors clash with cops

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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

Protestors demanding 'housing not stadiums' have clashed with riot police in Brazil.

With the country set to host the World Cup next month, furious protestors have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to register their fury about the amount of money the government has spent on the competition.

Police in the major cities used tear gas on crowds as angered residents threw burning tyres and stones.

The whole country is currently in a frenzy, with homeless people, teachers, civil servants, police officers and bus drivers up in arms over the costly contest.

In the city of Recife, which is set to host five World Cup games, a street protestor said: “We are asking the question who is the World Cup for? The answer is not for the people of Brazil. So we are against this type of event that excludes the majority of the population.”

The World Cup begins on 12 June with Brazil's game against Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo.

Protest groups in that city, including the Homeless Workers Movement, marched towards the stadium, which has caused outraged because its construction involved the displacement of families.

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