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These Brazilians want the government to spend money on housing, not the World Cup
Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Thousands of Brazilians backing a movement to help homeless workers rallied in Sao Paulo late Thursday to protest a lack of housing, shoddy public services and huge spending on the World Cup.

"We are here to protest against the Cup, against the huge spending on the World Cup while we do not have housing or healthcare or anything else," said Luiz Giovani, a member of the movement.

It was the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks by the homeless movement.

The World Cup will cost Brazilian taxpayers $11 billion.

— Agence France-Presse

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Thousands of Brazilians backing a movement to help homeless workers rallied in Sao Paulo on May 22, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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They gathered to protest a lack of housing, shoddy public services and huge spending on the World Cup.

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Police put attendance of the rally in Sao Paulo at 15,000 while organizers said it was more than double that.

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Despite the rain, the Homeless Workers Movement said the rally was among the biggest in weeks of protests in Brazil.

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The march was peaceful as it passed through a major commercial district of Brazil's largest city.

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Banners carried by demonstrators included some that said "FIFA go home", in reference to football's world governing body.

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It was the latest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks by the homeless movement.

(Victor Moriyama - AFP/Getty Images)
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