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Amidst massive protests, this is why Brazilians aren’t supporting the World Cup

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Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of some of Brazil's biggest cities to join rapidly growing protests against a rise in public transportation cost, longstanding government corruption, exorbitant taxes and large amounts of public money spent on the ongoing Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

The convergence of outrage over these issues has been building for some time. Relatively small protests greeted the start of the Confederations Cup and Brazil president Dilma was loudly booed along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter when they tried to speak at the opening ceremony. After the third day of the tournament, a tipping point was reached. As the number of protestors grew exponentially, police responded with aggression against both the demonstrators and press covering the movement.

[ Photos: See the protests throughout Brazil ]

The video above from Brazilian filmmaker Carla Dauden provides an overview of why Brazilians are against their country hosting the World Cup. Namely, the huge cost (30 billion reais/$14 billion) of the tournament inflated by a corrupt government. Like in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, new stadiums are being built and entire neighborhoods are being wiped out to accommodate the event while more pressing needs like education, medical services and infrastructure continue to go underserved.

Brazil has a reputation around the world for being football mad, but even they know that there are many things more important than a game. And lining FIFA's already bulging pockets isn't one of them.

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