The Guardian offers a view of the Brazilian street demonstrations from Fortaleza, capital of the northeastern state of Ceará and, according to the United Nations, the 5th most unequal city in the world.
For Forteleza's poor, the World Cup has meant changes including the
forced removal of 5,000 people from communities Lagoa da Zeza and Vila
Cazumba to areas without schools, and fears that the tournament will
increase exploitation of children in a city that has been trying to
shake off its reputation for sex tourism.
While 133,000 people in Fortaleza live in extreme poverty, 1/3 of them without any sanitation services, the city spent $230 million to renovate the local soccer stadium.