World Cup Protesters Shut Down Sao Paulo Highway

(ATR) Police estimate 10,000 people took part in a Wednesday protest near Arena Corinthians.

Members of social movements take part in the so-called "World Cup without the people, I'm in the street again" protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of social movements take part in the so-called "World Cup without the people, I'm in the street again" protest against the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

(ATR) Police estimate 10,000 people took part in a Wednesday protest near Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Many of the protesters are thought to be part of the Homeless Workers Movement and were voicing outrage over the spending of public money on hosting the FIFA World Cup.

One of the city’s major highways was shut down as demonstrators demanded spending on health, education, and transportation.

The peaceful march took place near the stadium where the tournament is scheduled to kick off next Thursday when host Brazil takes on Croatia.

On Tuesday, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff guaranteed the security of her country’s people and said she would not allow the World Cup to be disrupted by violent protests.

While some protests during last year’s Confederations Cup turned violent, those on Wednesday remained calm.

Click here to view photos from Wednesday’s protest.

Written by Nick Devlin

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