Protesters clash with Sao Paulo police
PROTESTERS and police have clashed in Sao Paulo, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved public services erupted in several Brazilian cities.
Officers in Brazil's largest city fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who set piles of rubbish alight to barricade a central avenue.
Demonstrators blasted the billions spent to host next month's soccer tournament and said they wanted to draw attention to what they called a lack of investment to improve poor public services.
"We are beginning to gain strength to go against the injustices of the World Cup," said Luana Gurther, a social sciences student.
Gurther and a thousand other mostly young protesters gathered on a main business avenue in the city of 11 million, loudly beating drums and cans and raising banners with messages such as "less money for the Cup and more for housing".
Police arrested seven people carrying Molotov cocktails.