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World Cup 2014 protests in pictures: Thousands take to streets ahead of opening ceremony in Brazil

Published 19/06/2014

Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A woman and a child stand in front of police during an anti-World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Masked men carry an uprooted street sign to add to a makeshift barricade during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
An anti-World Cup demonstrator holds up her hands, wearing rubber gloves with the first two letters of the acronym, FIFA, during a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the opening match was to be played in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
An anti-World Cup demonstrator, wearing a unicorn mask, attends a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A demonstrator festooned with glitter participates in a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Two anti-World Cup demonstrators, one wearing a T-shirt with a message that reads in Portuguese; "Cup for whom?," and the other T-Shirt that reads; "FIFA terrorist," participate in a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Education workers participate in a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Police fire rubber bullets at protestors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police have clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A protester is detained by police during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
A masked man throws a stone towards riot policemen during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Masked men work to uproot a street sign to add to a makeshift barricade during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A masked man throws a stone towards riot policemen during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A protestor holds a banner that reads in Portuguese; "There is not going to be World Cup!," during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A protestor holds a banner that reads in Portuguese; "There is not going to be World Cup!," during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A masked man throws a stone towards riot policemen during a protest by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A person walks past mounted police during a anti-World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: People watch mounted police during a anti-World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A juggler on a unicycle performs in front of police during an anti-World Cup protest at the Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: People protest in front of police during an anti-World Cup demonstration on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first day of World Cup play. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during the protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators clash with police during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: Police take up positions during a protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: AP Photographer Rodrigo Abd receives aid after being injured during the protest against the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Abd was allegedly shot by police who resonded to the protest. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during the protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
A protester bleeds from his forehead during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during the protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Debris burns in the street during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during the protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: Demonstrators from the anarchist group Black Bloc clash with police during the protest against the holding of the World Cup on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police stand in front of burning debris during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police move past burning debris during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire tear gas at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A man looks at posters of an anti- World Cup nature, as they appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Posters of an anti- World Cup nature appear on a wall near the National Stadium ahead of the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A demonstrator stands in front of police during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A police officer takes up position during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: A journalist is carried after being injured during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. . (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions near the media during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12, 2014: A journalist is carried after being injured during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. . (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest on the opening day of the event on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Military police responded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A journalist is taken from a protest on a stretcher outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A protestor gestures to police during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Police take up positions during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A journalist is taken from a protest on a stretcher outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A journalist is taken from a protest on a stretcher outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A journalsit is taken from a protest on a stretcher outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Military police resonded to the protest and there were with reported injuries. This is the first day of the FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: A police officer asks taxi drivers to move their vehicles blocking the road a day before the start of the World Cup tournament as drivers protest Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides with their cell phone on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are reports that indicate protests against the government will continue throughout World Cup play by those unhappy with the billions of dollars that the country spent on preparing for the World Cup when they feel their are so many other places they would have liked the government to spend the money. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 11: Taxi drivers and their supporters stage a small rally and partial road blockage a day before the start of the World Cup tournament as drivers protest Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides with their cell phone on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are reports that indicate protests against the government will continue throughout World Cup play by those unhappy with the billions of dollars that the country spent on preparing for the World Cup when they feel their are so many other places they would have liked the government to spend the money. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Brazil to demand better public services and to protest against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo.

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