Protesters march in Sao Paulo ahead of World Cup

AP News
Posted: Jun 04, 2014 6:32 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Some 4,000 protesters in Brazil's biggest city are peacefully marching toward the stadium that will host the World Cup's opening match, calling on the government for low-income housing.

Live television images Wednesday night are showing the mass of marchers making their way down a main thoroughfare in eastern Sao Paulo. They're holding aloft banners and blocking traffic.

The Homeless Workers Movement organized the march. They previously organized three similar marches — all carried out in a peaceful manner.

It's the latest protest in Brazil ahead of soccer's premier event.

Last year, anti-government protests that in part targeted the billions spent to host the World Cup took over streets across Brazil during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament. Several saw violent clashes between police and the demonstrators.