Tourism and protests: Brazil's World Cup preparations

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File picture shows demonstrators shouting slogans during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo, in this file picture taken May 15, 2014. Expectations that the World Cup might bring a big boost to Brazil's stagnant economy have been replaced by more sober expectations and fears that demonstrations, strikes and other problems could tarnish the country's image among investors. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP BUSINESS) (REUTERS)
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Demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo May 24, 2014. Demostrators against the World Cup and against the costs associated with Brazil's hosting of the sporting event are demanding more money be spent on education, health care, public transportation and to fight crime. The sign (Top, in red) reads: "There will be no World Cup". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS WORLD CUP) TEMPLATE OUT (REUTERS)
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Demonstrators protest against the 2014 World Cup in front of a major bus terminal in Brasilia
Demonstrators protest against the 2014 World Cup in front of a major bus terminal in Brasilia, May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country. REUTERS/Felipe Costa (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Teachers shout slogans as they protest against the 2014 World Cup outside a hotel where the Brazilian national soccer team are gathered, in Rio de Janeiro
Teachers shout slogans as they protest against the 2014 World Cup outside a hotel where the Brazilian national soccer team are gathered, in Rio de Janeiro May 26, 2014. The Brazilian national soccer team will attend their first training session today. The sign reads: "There will be no World Cup, there will be strike". REUTERS/Ana Carolina Fernandez (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Gabriel plays soccer on graffiti painted with the official match ball for the 2014 World Cup named "Brazuca" on a street in Sao Paulo
Gabriel, 14, plays soccer on graffiti painted with the official match ball for the 2014 World Cup named "Brazuca" on a street in Sao Paulo May 14, 2014. The city of Sao Paulo will host the opening match of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) (REUTERS)
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Demonstrators protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
Demonstrators protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protests around the country. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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A demonstrator blows a horn during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo
A demonstrator blows a horn during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo May 15, 2014. CupRoad blocks and marches hit Brazilian cities on Thursday as disparate groups criticized spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and sought to revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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A pedestrian looks at a graffiti in protest against the 2014 World Cup in Manaus
A pedestrian looks at a graffiti in protest against the 2014 World Cup that shows the Brazilian flag painted around a hole in a wall in Manaus, one of the host cities, May 23, 2014. Brazil hosts the World Cup from June 12 through July 13. The words read, "Rhombus of the Cup," a play on the Portuguese word "rombo" which means both rhombus and large hole. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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Cardboard cut-out of Brazil's President Rousseff is seen on top of a barrel in front of the National Congress in Brasilia
A cardboard cut-out of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is seen on top of a barrel, during a protest against corruption scandals involving the government's purchase of a refinery in Pasadena, United States, in front of the National Congress in Brasilia May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelio (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENERGY) (REUTERS)
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Children play soccer on the street decorated with graffiti in reference to the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo
Children play soccer on the street decorated with graffiti in reference to the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo May 14, 2014. The city of Sao Paulo will host the opening match of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The phrase written on the floor reads "The Homeland of the Cleats". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) (REUTERS)
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Demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
Demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protests around the country. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Military police clash with demonstrators during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo
Military police clash with demonstrators (not pictured) during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo May 15, 2014. CupRoad blocks and marches hit Brazilian cities on Thursday as disparate groups criticized spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and sought to revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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Members of NGO Rio de Paz hold signs during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
Members of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) hold signs during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 16, 2014. The signs read, "I want to be able to demand too. #PressureFIFA." The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Lucas Landau (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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An helicopter takes up position during a crowd control training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
An helicopter takes up position during a crowd control training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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A man rides his bike past a graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
A man rides his bike past a graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 23, 2014. Rio de Janeiro is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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A woman walks with her daughter over graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
A woman walks with her daughter over graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 22, 2014. Rio de Janeiro is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) (REUTERS)
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Residents walk past a destroyed police booth during a protest against the 2014 World Cup at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo
Residents walk past a destroyed police booth during a protest against the 2014 World Cup at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country. REUTERS/Chico Ferreira (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Demonstrators burn a 2014 World Cup sticker album during a protest in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators burn a 2014 World Cup sticker album during a protest in Sao Paulo May 24, 2014. The demonstrators rallied against the hosting of the World Cup in Brazil, and the costs associated with the sporting event. Activists are demanding more money be spent on education, health care, public transportation and to fight crime. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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Demonstrators rally in front of military police during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo
Demonstrators holds a sign that reads "There will be no World Cup" in front of a military police lineup during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo May 24, 2014. Demostrators against the World Cup and against the costs associated with Brazil's hosting of the sporting event demanded more money be spent on education, health care, public transportation and to fight crime. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS WORLD CUP MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (REUTERS)
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Brazilian artist Paulo Ito talks on his mobile phone next to graffiti he painted referencing the 2014 World Cup, on the door of a public schoolhouse in Sao Paulo
Brazilian artist Paulo Ito talks on his mobile phone next to graffiti he painted referencing the 2014 World Cup, on the door of a public schoolhouse in Sao Paulo May 22, 2014. The city of Sao Paulo will host the opening match of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (REUTERS)
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Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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A demonstrator holds a banner during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio
A demonstrator holds a banner with a picture of Brazil's former soccer player and member of the Local Organizing Committee Ronaldo (R) and another one holds a doll in the likeness of 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protests around the country. The banner reads "Enemy of People". REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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A member of NGO Rio de Paz holds a sign during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
A member of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) holds a sign during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro May 16, 2014. The sign reads, "Right to pressure FIFA for 'FIFA standards' in schools, hospitals and public security." The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Lucas Landau (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST) (REUTERS)
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Cardboard cut-out of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is seen on top of a barrel in front of the National Congress in Brasilia
A cardboard cut-out of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is seen on top of a barrel, next to that of the former directors of state oil company Petrobras, during a protest against corruption scandals involving the government's purchase of a refinery in Pasadena, United States, in front of the National Congress in Brasilia May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelio (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ENERGY) (REUTERS)
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Riot police practise crowd control as they arrest a simulated protester during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
Riot police practise crowd control as they arrest a simulated protester during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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Riot police relax after a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
Riot police relax after a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro
Riot police practise crowd control during a training session, with FBI agents, for troops providing security for the 2014 World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro May 15, 2014. The World Cup will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 till July 13. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) (REUTERS)
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A graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup is pictured in Rio de Janeiro
A graffiti referencing the 2014 World Cup is pictured in Rio de Janeiro May 22, 2014. Rio de Janeiro is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The words read "It is all wrong".REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) (REUTERS)

With less than a month to go before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, preparations on numerous fronts are well underway. The tourism industry is getting ready for the influx of foreign money as Brazil gears up to host 600,000 foreign tourists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off June 12. But widespread protests throughout the country see thousands of citizens angry with a government they say is more invested in tourism and sport than in improving hospitals, public services and income equality, a theme Brazilian street artist Paulo Ito illustrates in a single image with a now iconic mural. Police and security teams training to quell the anti-government protests that are expected, many of which have already taken place and more of which are almost certainly planned once the games begin. (Reuters/Getty Images)