Brazil Protests took over the streets of Sao Paulo again Tuesday night in protest the government's excessive spending in preparation for the 2014 FiFA World Cup in 2014. Sao Paulo has been the focal point of the protests which have been going on all over the country in Brazil's largest cities. Nearly a quarter of million people took to the streets during Tuesday night's protest. The Sao Paul police arrested over 60 people after protestors broke into city hall, lit a police facility on fire and broke windows.

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The protests originally broke out last week over an anticipated rise in bus fares. The fare hikes came as and country is dealing with an annual inflation of 6.5 percent. Almost a dozen cities have lowered their fares. However, now the protestors have shifted their complaints towards hosting the high cost of the 2014 World Cup tournament. Protestors say the country needs to invest the money into education, transportation and healthcare. Colorlines reports that, to date, Brazil has spent nearly one billion on Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro alone. To add to that almost 200,000 may lose their homes to make way for new roads and structures in the construction for the world sporting event.

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Other issues protestors have cited have been high taxes and corruption. The protests on Monday were the largest the country has seen in 20 years. However, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she has heard the protestors and thinks their demands are legitimate.

"The direct message from the streets is for more citizenship, better schools, better hospitals, better health, for direct participation," she said in a nationally televised address. "My government is trying and committed to social transformation."

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Mostly university students have been organizing the protests with a group named the Free Fare Movement. The group's aim is to get the public free transportation. The demonstrations have been largely peaceful. Though there have been a number of people injured in isolated incidents where the protests turned violent. Last week during the bus fare riots there were 100 people injured and 120 arrested. Sao Paulo police reported used tear gas and rubber bullets to control the crowd. Some of the protestor have taken up the slogan "Call me [the world] Cup, and Invest in Me." However, the Rousseff continues to see the protests as good sign for the nation's democracy.

"Brazil woke up stronger today," Rousseff said to NPR. "The size of yesterday's demonstrations shows the energy of our democracy, the strength of the voice of the streets and the civility of our population."


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