Raw: Anti-World Cup Protests in Brazil

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Rallies and demonstrations against the World Cup erupted in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, pitting protesters against police. Demonstrators are demanding the government focus its spending on services, instead of a global sporting event. (May 16)

SHOTLIST:

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Sao Paulo, Brazil - May 15, 2014

1.Wide of protesters in front of burning tires

2. Low angle wide of burning tires

3. Wide of protesters in orange in road

4.Mid of protesters in orange

5. Mid of protesters in orange with banners

6. Mid of riot police with shields

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - May 15, 2014

7. Wide of protesters chanting, raising arms

8. Mid of protester in black mask raising arm

9. Wide of seated protester burning paper

10. Mid of protest rally with banners and placards

11. Mid of young women with red banner

12. Mid of rally with big yellow banner

13. Wide of protesters in line walking down street

STORYLINE:

Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo Thursday, 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 trash alight to barricade a central avenue.

As night fell, rallies were held in Rio de Janeiro, causing chaos for traffic in the center of the city.

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.

While widespread, the rallies were far smaller than the protests that engulfed the nation last year and had largely ended by Thursday night.

Thursday's demonstrations blocked two key roads into Sao Paulo during the morning commute. Outside the new stadium that will host the opening match of the Cup, about 1,500 activists fighting for more housing waved Brazilian flags as black smoke rose from the flames burning tires.

Police blocked the main entrance next to a construction zone where cranes and other machines were lined up to carry materials still needed to finish the soccer arena.

The demonstrations Thursday were being watched as a test of the government's ability to maintain security during the World Cup.

Many Brazilians are angry at the billions spent to host the World Cup. Protesters have said the government should focus spending instead on improving Brazil's woeful health, education, security and infrastructure systems.

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