World Cup draws FIFA protesters

Open ceremony photograph (AP)
Open ceremony photograph (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Around 200 protesters are marching toward Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium ahead of the World Cup match between Argentina and Bosnia.

The demonstrators are outnumbered both by security forces and journalists. They are chanting “FIFA, go back to Switzerland,” referring to international soccer’s governing organization.

Protests broke out across Brazil during last year’s Confederations Cup soccer tournament. At that time, more than 1 million Brazilians took to the streets in a single day in a show of widespread anger over lavish government spending on soccer stadiums for the World Cup while conditions in schools and hospitals remain woeful.

A scattering of protests over spending have been staged around World Cup matches since the tournament began last week, but they have been small and have received little public support. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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