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Anti-World Cup Protesters Clash with Riot Police in Brazil

Sat, 17 May 2014 01:19:01 +0000

Mario Tama/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) -- Demonstrators protesting Brazil's decision to host the World Cup clashed with local police Thursday during marches in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Officials fired tear gas on thousands of protesters as attendees threw stones and burned tires, according to reports from the BBC.

Those opposing the World Cup matches in the area believe the billions of dollars spent on the football tournament can be better used toward projects such as housing.

Protests have been ongoing over the past year, with more than one million people filling the streets in June to rally against the high costs incurred by the host city and government corruption.

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