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54 detained in anti-World Cup protest in Brazil

April 16, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — 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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