Sao Paulo — Police say that 54 people protesting against the
World Cup have been arrested in Brazil's largest city.
The police department says on its Twitter page that they
were taken into custody during Tuesday night's demonstration in Sao Paulo,
which will host of the first game of the World Cup on June 12.
Police said Wednesday that at least 1,500 people
participated in the protest, which saw the windows of three banks smashed and
one subway station damaged.
Anti-government protests erupted across Brazil last year as
Brazilians took to the streets, calling for better schools and health care and
questioning the billions spent to host this year's World Cup and the 2016
Olympics. The protests have since diminished in size, but remain violent.
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