Anti-World Cup Protests Turn Violent In Brazil [PHOTOS]

 @ericbrownzzz
on January 27 2014 5:34 PM
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    Demonstrators attack a Caixa bank branch 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, as frustration over the cost of the tournament lingers in the host country. Reuters
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    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. Reuters
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    Demonstrators attack a Bradesco bank branch during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    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. Reuters
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    Demonstrators run through a bar after clashing with military police during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    A demonstrator holds a banner during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    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. Reuters
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    A woman carries her daughter away from their car, after it caught fire driving through a flaming barrier during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    A man (R) helps his family out of their car, which caught fire after driving through a flaming barrier during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    A demonstrator kicks the windshield of a police car, as an officer gets out, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    A demonstrator gestures in front of riot police during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    A man wearing a mask at the back of his head attends a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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    Demonstrators hold a banner that reads "There will be no World Cup" during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, January 25, 2014. Reuters
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Soccer may be a religion in Brazil, but some citizens are committing blasphemy. Some 2,500 Brazilians took to the streets of Sao Paulo this weekend to protest the 2014 World Cup. At least 128 people were detained or arrested as a car was lit on fire and shop windows were smashed in.

Carrying banners that read “Não vai ter Copa” – translated “There Will Be No Cup” – the protesters largely conducted themselves peacefully, but a handful began damaging property in downtown Sao Paulo. A small car was torched, a police car was damaged, and the windows of several stores including a bank were smashed in.

Protesters say that holding the World Cup in Brazil is far too expensive for the nation, which should instead focus its money on providing services for its poor citizens.

"We are against the millions and millions of dollars being spent for the Cup," student Leonardo Pelegrini dos Santos told the Associated Press.

"It is money that should be invested in better health and education services and better transportation and housing."

Sao Paulo, which will host the World Cup starting June 12, saw the largest number of protesters over the weekend, but citizens in Rio de Janero, Natal and other cities also held small protests.

In response to the protests, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called for a referendum on political reform in the nation and promised to invest 50 billion reais ($25 billion) in improving Brazil’s public transit system.

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