Brazil homeless workers protest in WCup host city

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 9:04 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian homeless workers group that said it would not stage protests during the World Cup has nevertheless held a demonstration in Sao Paulo a day before the city hosts its second match there.

Several thousand members of the Homeless Workers Movement protested on Wednesday to demand more low-cost housing in the city of 11 million.

The group said right before the monthlong World Cup began that it had reached an agreement with the government and wouldn't protest during the soccer tournament. But group members said they are now protesting against city councilmen they say are trying to block rules that would help them get more affordable housing.

The movement has staged some of the largest demonstrations in the city in recent weeks.

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