June 22 - Rows of soccer balls representing a cemetery are laid out in Rio's Copacabana beach, the latest in a protest movement that has swept Brazil. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Soccer balls line Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. It's part of ongoing protests in Brazil with people calling for better schools and hospitals while denouncing use of public funds to finance the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. They are painted with red crosses -- resembling a cemetery. They represent those who have died says Antonio Costa is the President of the Rio in Peace Organization (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT RIO IN PEACE ORGANIZATION, ANTONIO COSTA, SAYING: "We have 500 soccer balls which represent the 500,000 people who were killed in Brazil in the last 10 years. The country organizing the World Cup and the Olympics allows human lives be cut short every day in our streets." He says the entire country deserves the kind of backing enjoyed by the soccer organization FIFA. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PRESIDENT RIO IN PEACE ORGANIZATION, ANTONIO COSTA, SAYING: "The purpose of this demonstration is to ask our public officials who show political willingness to construct magnificent stadiums, following the FIFA model, to also offer up to hospitals using the FIFA model, schools using the FIFA model, security using the FIFA model. What we are asking for is reasonable." The beachside display comes as Brazil hosts the 2013 Confederations Cup, considered a warm up to next year's World Cup.