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Friday, May 30, 2014

‘Need food, not football’: Brazilian graffiti art expresses outrage over World Cup (PHOTOS)

A graffiti painted by Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito on the entrance of a public schoolhouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 23, 2014. (AFP Photo / Nelson Almeida)  


With just two weeks remaining until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, those who believe the global event is too much of a burden for the country’s struggling economy have found a new way to channel their protest energy – with graffiti.
Street artists have covered walls in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo with pictures which blame football’s governing body, FIFA, for exploiting Brazil and the local government for neglecting the needs of the poor.
They share the belief that the US$11 billon which has been spent on the World Cup should have been used to improving transportation, healthcare, and education. 

 Ryan, 9, eats in front of graffiti painted by members of OPNI, in reference to the 2014 World Cup, in the Vila Flavia slum of Sao Paulo May 28, 2014. (Reuters / Nacho Doce)  

A homeless man walks past graffiti that reads "FIFA go home" in Rio de Janeiro May 28, 2014. (Reuters / Sergio Moraes) 

 People walk past a vandalized graffiti depicting Brazilian national footballer Neymar with a hood used by members of the anarchist group known as Black Bloc which is against of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 football tournament, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 27, 2014. (AFP Photo / Yasuyoshi Chiba)  

A woman walks with her child on her shoulders in front of graffiti against the infrastructure work for the 2014 World Cup at the Metro Mangueira slum near the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro April 10, 2013. (Reuters / Sergio Moraes) 

 A man rides his bike past a graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 23, 2014. (Reuters / Ricardo Moraes)

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