SAO PAULO (AP) — A group of about 50 protesters vandalized part of the construction site of a World Cup stadium and chanted anti-FIFA slogans during an inspection by organizers in Cuiaba on Tuesday.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and other officials were met by jeering protesters when they arrived at the construction site of the Arena Pantanal.
The demonstrators, who were complaining about the cost of next year's World Cup and demanding improvements for local citizens, entered the venue and painted messages that called for "Less World Cup, more health and education."
The protesters, mostly local teachers, carried banners reading "FIFA go home" and chanted slogans from the stadium pitch — while FIFA and government officials continued their inspection tour from the stands. With bulldozers in the background, the demonstrators tried to disrupt the visit by blowing whistles and playing drums and other instruments.
"People have the right to protest, but they should respect other people, like the construction workers in the stadium," Valcke said. "They have the right to protest, but it should be peaceful."
He also said the World Cup must be staged in all scheduled 12 cities.
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