Football-loving Brazilians protest against FIFA World Cup
Their love for the game has been lost out under the long shadow of economic gloom. The national government though has been accused of not realising this and now faces massive protests from people who want staggering expenditure on World Cup preparations stopped.
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About 1,000 protesters gathered in Brazil's biggest metropolis of Sao Paulo on Saturday night (February 2014), demonstrating against the billions of dollars being spent to host this year's World Cup while the nation's public services remain in a woeful state.
It was the latest in a series of protests to hit Brazil since last June.
The demonstrations have shrunk in size but remain violent.
At least seven people have been killed during protests — most run over by motorists while marching in crowded streets.