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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

Published: 21 Feb 2014 01:47:10 PST

27-Jan-2014

Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

Demonstrators shouts slogans during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. The year's first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil's largest city on Saturday, as frustration over the cost of the tournament lingers in the host country. [Photo/Agencies]

SAO PAULO - The year's first major protest against the World Cup drew more than 2,000 demonstrators into the streets of Brazil's largest city on Saturday, as frustration over the cost of the tournament lingers in the host country.

But the demonstration in Sao Paulo fell far short of the more than 20,000 people who confirmed attendance on Facebook, highlighting the diminished energy of recent protests compared to the public unrest during the Confederations Cup tournament held here last June.

During that tournament, a dress rehearsal for the World Cup in June, more than a million Brazilians joined in protests against poor public services and political corruption. The cost of new stadiums outraged many demonstrators demanding more investment in public transportation, healthcare and education.

Politicians and investors are watching  closely this year to see if another wave of protests could sully the image of the World Cup or weigh on the popularity of President Dilma Rousseff ahead of elections in October.

As the largely peaceful Sao Paulo demonstration wrapped up around sunset, local television registered isolated acts of vandalism, including broken bank windows, a smashed police car and a Volkswagen beetle engulfed in flames.


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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

A demonstrator holds a banner during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]


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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

A man in a Guy Fawkes mask kicks a soccer ball during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]


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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

A demonstrator holds a skateboard that reads "There will be no World Cup" during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]


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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

A car burns after the family riding it drove through a flaming barrier during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]


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Anti-World Cup protests wane in Sao Paulo

A demonstrator gestures in front of riot police during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo January 25, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]








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