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World Cup host city Sao Paulo hit by more protests


World Cup host city Sao Paulo hit by more protests


Just weeks ahead of kick-off at the World Cup homeless demonstrators in Sao Paulo set buses alight in the latest wave of protests against the high cost of preparations for FIFA’s flagship tournament.

Disgruntled bus employees added further chaos in the World Cup host city on Tuesday when they went on strike over pay.

One bus driver said: “We are striking because we didn’t accept the salary increase because it fell short of our expectations. We even chose a new union president to help with getting a salary increase and instead things got worse, and this is what we want to express.”

Whilst empty buses lined the streets, some 2 000 homeless workers marched through the city protesting over the World Cup hosting costs and lack of land to build houses on after being displaced by the construction of the World Cup stadium.

Further protests are expected from public school teachers while police are planning a 24-hour strike for Wednesday.

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