In The Shadow of World Cup, Protesters Press Demands

protests-world-cup-smaller-persistentIt’s been nearly a week since the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.

But the opening match in San Paulo on June 12 did not curtail the protests that started before the tournament.

While they are smaller than before – usually a few hundred people – the protesters continue to say ‘no’ to FIFA and the World Cup, demanding the government make more investments in health or education.

Recife, one of the 12 World Cup venues, is relatively calm and its population is watching the events in Rio de Janeiro and San Paulo from a distance. This is where VOA’s Nico Pinault went to meet them.


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Sao Paulo Transit Strike Threatens Tournament Kick-Off (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Late Wednesday, Sao Paulo transit workers ended their three day strike, meaning the city’s transit system will be up and running for the start of the World Cup. But as VOA reports, although the strike is over, lingering effects could make it difficult to get around.

Original story:

The World Cup is only a day away, but despite all the preparation and planning, a transit strike could have a major impact on the tournament.

As VOA reports, transit protests in Sao Paulo – the site of tomorrow’s opening match – have caused numerous traffic problems. But transit workers have agreed to meet today to possibly end the strike, which would open the city’s public transportation system just in time.

Will the strike be resolved? Or will it impact the start of the tournament? Follow VOA Football on Facebook and Twitter to see.