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SBD Global/October 15, 2013/International Football

Brazilian Anarchists Pledge To Target 2014 World Cup In Brazil Over FIFA 'Lies'

Brazilian anarchists who form part of the global anti-capitalist movement have "pledged to target next year's World Cup," according to James Hider of the LONDON TIMES. The group said that the event "is an extravagant waste of money in a country where millions live in poverty." A member of the Black Bloc anarchist group said, "FIFA lies to us, it is all money laundering. The people get nothing out of it." Brazil is "under intense scrutiny to show that it is able to contain mounting social unrest as it tries to organise two of the world's most watched sporting events." Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is already "far behind schedule in building the stadiums and infrastructure required for next year's event." Last week, Black Bloc, whose origins lie in the European anarchist movement, "shot to prominence" in Rio and Sao Paulo when dozens of their number "attacked banks, buses and shops after a demonstration by striking teachers descended into clashes with the police" (LONDON TIMES, 10/14).
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