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“It was very important to show society that what is happening in Brazil is not right,” dos Santos said. “We are proud, I think we reached our goal with the protests.”

The protests came as the Brazilian senate is about to consider a controversial World Cup bill that gives FIFA the needed guarantees to organize the event. FIFA says Brazil agreed to the legislation changes when it accepted hosting the tournament in 2007, but critics say the country is giving soccer’s governing body too much power.

Among the law changes asked by FIFA involves the sale of alcohol inside stadiums, currently prohibited in Brazil.

MTST has been active in Brazil for several years, occupying vacant buildings in the main capitals to demand more housing for the poor. It is the urban reflection of Brazil’s landless movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people in the countryside invade farm and ranch land in recent decades looking for room for subsistence farming.


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