Brazil World Cup: Sao Paulo scene of protests, street fires, tear gas, chaos

Posted on June 9, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Tourist Warning reported…Less than four days before it hosts the opening game of the World Cup, São Paulo became the scene of protests, street fires and tear gas on Monday as striking subway workers brought chaos to the city.

The strike – which disrupted half the metro stations and worsened traffic in South America’s most populous city – was the latest headache for organisers as national teams from the United States, Spain and Argentina flew in for the start of the tournament on Thursday.

Security is also a major concern, particularly in Rio de Janeiro – the base of the England team – following a recent flare-up of unrest in the city’s slums or favelas. Players from Roy Hodgson’s squad were to visit Roçinha, the nearest shanty town to their hotel, later on Monday as part of an outreach programme. Read Article

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