Brazilian teachers have taken to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, protesting against the huge expenses of two upcoming sports events to be hosted by Brazil.
Thousands of teachers and students marched to the government’s Guanabara Palace on Thursday to protest against the spending of more than USD 26 billion of public money on the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Olympics Games in the country.
The protesters, who have been on strike since May 12, said the money being spent on the two events should be invested in better health and education services and better transportation and housing for Brazilians.
The protesters also demanded better work conditions, including the reduction of their working hours.
Meanwhile, a demonstration dubbed “World Cup without the People” was held in Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city where the opening match of the soccer event will be held on June 12. The protesters reportedly blocked the traffic on the city’s busiest streets.
A similar protest was also held in the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s sixth-largest city.
Brazil has been beleaguered by mass strikes and walkouts over the past few months as over 600,000 foreigners are about to travel to the South American country for the 2014 international soccer event, due to start on June 14.
A new opinion poll by Datafolha polling institute, published on Thursday, showed that the majority of Brazilians believe the country is not ready to host the soccer event.