Massive amounts of protesters came out across Brazil last night  in protest of government spending and taxation linked to the 2014 World Cup that is being held in Brazil.

via BBC.uk

via BBC.uk

The protests, which remained mostly peaceful throughout, included the cities of Rio deJaneiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Curitiba, Belem and Brasilia, per The New York Times‘ Simon Romero.

According to Reuters, over 200,000 citizens took to the streets throughout Brazil, voicing their displeasure with government spending. Currently playing host to the Confederations Cup, Brazil is in heavy preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics as well. Brazil is currently in the process of renovating and constructing soccer stadiums throughout the country, many of which are now running over projected costs, and some say the total prep cost for the 2014 World Cup, could be 3 times as much as South Africa spent in 2010. To help fund the shortfall, the Brazilian government recently announced increased rates on metro and bus fares of about 10 cents.

Frustrated by the government hikes, which began on June 1, demonstrations began being organized throughout the country.

Via @USDayofRage

Via @USDayofRage

Police had to fire tear gas and rubber bullets into a protesting crowd in Sao Paulo last week, as a peaceful protest quickly turned violent. More than 100 people were injured, and 120 were arrested in the violent clashes. Though the demonstrations remained mostly subdued on Monday night, though there were some citizens who threw rocks at police, set fire to a car and vandalized the state assembly building in Rio.

-Gonzo

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