10 Jun 2014
More than 200,000 troops have been deployed in Brazil, ostensibly to protect tourists during the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. However, this media report argues that the military has been deployed to sanitize Brazil’s streets of its homeless and suppress protests. Many Brazilians are dismayed by the diversion of public funds towards the erection of new soccer stadiums while other domestic priorities are being neglected. As the World Cup looms, metro workers are on strike in Sao Paulo and a number of hospitals, schools and universities remain on strike in Salvador.
Amnesty International cautions that the Brazilian government's repressive response to civil unrest could lead to indiscriminate violence.
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