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World Cup countdown

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 01:35

June 5 - Fans scramble for World Cup tickets in Rio de Janeiro while in Sao Paolo thousands march in protest against the cost of the event. Paul Chapman reports.

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Fans queued through the night in the hope of getting last-minute World Cup match tickets just released by FIFA. Another 180, 000 tickets were released at midnight on Wednesday. Many of these who endured the long uncomfortable wait were disappointed. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNIDENTIFIED FAN SAYING: "Two thousand (US Dollars) for the opening ceremony which is crazy. Nine thousand for the final. We don't have this money. I don't know if the Brazilians do but the Europeans don't have this type of money." (SOUNDBITE)(English) ENGLAND FAN HARRIS ELIJAH SAYING: "Manaus is available but that's too far, and Belo Horizonte and Sao Paolo are apparently sold out but as I've been here for four hours, five hours, I thought I would stay here a bit longer anyway." With just a week to the first game of the 2014 World Cup mass protests against the tournament are still happening in Brazil. An estimated 12, 000 members of the Homeless Workers' Movement and their supporters turned out for this one in Sao Paolo on Wednesday. They say they're angry at the expense of hosting the World Cup when basic services and affordable housing are still desperately needed. (SOUNDBITE)(Portuguese) MTST (HOMELESS WORKERS' MOVEMENT) SUPPORTER MANUEL RODRIGUES SAYING: "You can see how Brazil really is. The government spends billions on games and stadiums and we're left out in the cold without a house." An estimated 170, 000 families have been removed from their homes to make way for work for the World Cup and for the Olympics which the country will host in 2016.

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World Cup countdown

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 01:35