Brazil’s national team arrives at World Cup base amid cheers and jeers
As the bus carrying the Brazilian national team made their way to their training base in Terespolis, 100km in north of Brazil, they were greeted by anti-government demonstrators.
The protestors kicked, punched and pasted the bus with stickers as it made its way out of Rio de Janeiro and to their training base where they are conducting their final preparations for the World Cup sports website, SuperSports reported.
Angry at what they believe to be an excessive amount being spent on the tournament and not enough on social programmes.
"This country's priority shouldn't be the World Cup, it should be improving health, education, housing and public transport," said Rui Costa, a striking teacher who helped organise the protest.
Some of the signs that were carried by the protestors had slogans that said “we need schools, not stadiums” and “There will be no World Cup”.
Assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira insisted that despite the protest that Brazilians will support the team during the tournament.
“The Selecao (the Brazilian national squad) are part of cultural and sporting heritage,” Parreira said. “Nobody is against the team.”
Source: SuperSports, Xinhua