When it comes to protests in Brazil, security forces prepared over the last several months for the risk of riots. But so far problems have been relatively minor. Small protests like the one broken up today have been the norm. A few dozen people voiced their opposition to the high cost of these games estimated at about 11 billion dollars. CCTV’s Paulo Cabral has more from Sao Paulo.
Brazilian security forces prepared over the last months for the risk of riots disrupting the World Cup but so far problems have been relatively minor.
In 2013, demonstrations in Brazil against the government during the Confederations Cup caused concern that things could be much worse once the World Cup got underway. As months passed, the protesting continued but the number of people attending continuously diminished. On opening day for the 2014 World Cup, close to 300 protesters took to the streets with the intention of marching towards the stadium in Sao Paulo. They were outnumbered by the police that took swift and violent action to disperse them.
After last year’s demonstrations, citizens began to realize the amount of money being spent on the World Cup preparations. No matter the reaction to government spending habits, the investment was done. So there is no one protesting . We are here outside and we can see the energy of the World Cup is fantastic and people are fascinated by the energy of the World Cup in my point of view.
With the World Cup is underway, protests are still happening in different parts of the country but in much smaller groups. Despite big concerns in the months leading up to the tournament they haven’t been able to disrupt the event.