The government is projecting that $13.3 billion will be spent on stadiums, airport renovations and other projects for the World Cup, with an estimated $3.5 billion on venues.
“We want hospitals and schools in FIFA standards,” read one banner outside the Maracana Stadium in Rio on Thursday before the Spain-Tahiti match.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has urged protesters not to “use football to make their demands heard.”
Blatter surprised the Brazilian government by unexpectedly leaving Brazil this week to go to Turkey for the Under-20 World Cup. He’s expected back in Brazil on June 25 for the semifinals and final of the Confederations Cup.
AP Sports Writers Rob Harris in Rio de Janeiro and Andrew Dampf in Salvador contributed.