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Video: Anti-World Cup protests continue in Brazil

AFP

Activists in Brazil burned a mock World Cup trophy on Monday in protests called to demand more investment in health and education as the World Cup played out across the country.

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The protests in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro drew relatively small crowds amid a heavy police presence.

“We want health and education,” one protester in Rio told FRANCE 24. “International TV channels only show the party. But the reality is different. People are dying.”

“All the 'pacifying police' does is to kill black and poor people in favelas,” another protester told FRANCE 24, referring to brutal police crackdowns on troubled areas in the run up to the tournament, in which several people died.

In Brasilia, one group of protesters burned a replica of the gold World Cup trophy Brazil hope to win for a sixth time.

“I want to see a worker earn the same salary as [Brazilian footballer] Neymar,” was one of the rallying cries.

The protesters held a red banner reading “No to repression” and traded insults with several residents of high-rises who were screaming from their balconies while watching Brazil’s 4-1 win over Cameroon on television.

“There aren’t many protesters because of the police repression on the first day of the Cup,” Rodrigo Antonio, 36, referring to the tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets police used to break up protesters on June 12, told AFP.

Police arrested two protesters at the end of the march amid a scuffle, according to AFP reporters.

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets last year to demand more spending on infrastructure and social programmes in protests that erupted during the Confederations Cup, a World Cup dress rehearsal.

But the protests have been far smaller during the World Cup, drawing crowds in the hundreds at most.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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