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Anti-World Cup protests hit Brazil's major cities

Road blocks and marches hit Brazilian cities on Thursday as disparate groups criticised spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and sought to revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June.

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Police and protesters clash in Brazil

Police and protesters clashed in the Brazilian Sao Paulo, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public services erupted in several Brazilian cities.

Officers in Brazil's largest city fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who set piles of rubbish alight to barricade a central avenue.

Demonstrators blasted the billions spent to host next month's football tournament and said they wanted to draw attention to what they called a lack of investment to improve poor public services.

Hundreds of demonstrators protest against money spent on the World Cup preparations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner
Riot police take position during a protest against money spent on the World Cup preparations in Sao Paulo, Brazil Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner

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