VICE News traveled to Brazil to see how the country was preparing for one of the world's biggest international events, while simultaneously struggling to control a civil uprising.
Although it might have seemed like a good idea to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil—one of the most soccer-obsessed countries in the world—massive social unrest has taken the country by storm in the lead-up to the tournament. The Brazilian government is spending an estimated $14 billion on this year's tournament, making it the most expensive World Cup to date. This has provoked outrage among Brazilians, who view the government as corrupt. They are seeing vast amounts of money being spent on soccer stadiums and police while politicians ignore the country's endemic poverty and social issues.
This growing unrest caused violent anti-government protests to break out in June 2013, and these protests have continued with increasing momentum in the lead-up to the World Cup. In response to these demonstrations, the Brazilian government has deployed police and military throughout the country to try to suppress the masses. Despite this crackdown, major demonstrations continue to take place in cities across the country as international teams begin to arrive for the games.
VICE News traveled to Brazil to see how the country was preparing for one of the world's biggest international events, while simultaneously struggling to control a mounting civil uprising.