Violent Riots In Sao Paulo Ahead Of Brazil’s #WorldCup (PHOTOS)

Violent Riots In Sao Paulo Ahead Of Brazil’s #WorldCup (PHOTOS)

By Wires | The Trent on June 9, 2014
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It is just three days to the commencement of the 2014 World cup and all is not well with the hosts, Brazil.

BBC reports that Brazilian riot police have used tear gas against protesters in Sao Paulo. There are about 300 people at the riot scene as helicopters circled above. The protest was caused by metro workers, who want a 12.5% pay increase against the background that the country has spent over $8 billion preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that kicks off on Thursday.

The workers went on strike last Thursday, which has created a mini crisis as foreigners begin to gather on Brazil for the Mundial.

Some players of the national team like Neymar, have called on Brazilians to protest but not violently as president Dilma Rousseff promised not to allow demonstrations take the shine off the football fiesta.

And organisers of the World cup will be concerned as the strike could create problems for fans intending to watch the opening ceremony and match between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday at the Corinthians.

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Photo Credit: Reuters

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(via FC Naija)

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