A small silent anti-World Cup protest has taken place in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.
Around 100 demonstrators covered their mouths as a symbol of their voices being silenced by what they claim to be police repression in the lead up to the tournament, which resulted in the deaths of a number protesters.
“We don’t see any long-term policies for education, health care or human rights today in Brazil. We’re tired of the situation and by that I mean all of us – the middle class and the working class people of this country. It isn’t just about the government. We’re tired of the policies permitted in Brazil,” said protester Carlos Contente.
Far fewer demonstrators have taken to the streets during the World Cup when compared with similar protests that took place during last year’s Confederations Cup. More than a million people expressed their discontent during what was deemed the warm-up tournament.