Protests and strikes threaten to paralyse São Paulo ahead of kickoff

Police in Brazil’s biggest city São Paulo have used batons and fired tear gas to break up protests by striking subway workers and commuters. The strikes, which began on Thursday, come less than a week before Brazil hosts the opening match of the football World Cup. Across town there was a separate anti-government demonstration in which protesters blocked the street in front of the Central Bank in a protest against the economic policies of President Dilma Rousseff.

Our problem is not with the national team. We will cheer for them.

—Transport union leader Paulo Pereira da Silva

The subway strike created record morning gridlock in São Paulo on Thursday, leaving several FIFA officials in over two hours of traffic as they arrived for a conference ahead of the World Cup. Workers are demanding a 10 percent pay rise. The São Paulo metro is the main link to the city’s World Cup host stadium, and the strike could force organisers to come up with last-minute alternative transportation for tens of thousands of fans.


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