Police in São Paulo fired tear gas Monday to disperse protesters supporting a subway strike that has unleashed transport chaos three days before the Brazilian mega-city hosts the World Cup kickoff. A group of about 150 strikers and protesters set fire to piles of garbage to block a central avenue in the Brazilian business hub, prompting some two dozen riot police to fire stun grenades and then tear gas to disperse them. But demonstrators regrouped with chants of, “There won’t be a Cup, there will be a strike!” The protest grew to about 1,000 people, who marched to the state transport secretariat waving red banners, banging drums and blowing whistles and vuvuzelas. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte shows a long line of protesters approaching the football stadium where the opening World Cup match will be played. However, on reaching the entrance, they abandon their placards and banners and rush forward into the stadium. The cartoonist seems to be saying that once the World Cup begins, the protests and demonstrations will be forgotten as people get caught up in the excitement.