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Rows of soccer balls painted with red crosses were laid in the sand of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach Saturday (June 22) ...
resembling a cemetery on the shores of world famous beach. Next to the display were protest signs demanding better schools and hospitals and denouncing corruption and the use of public funds to finance the 2014 World Cup which will be hosted in Brazil and the 2016 Olympics to be played in Rio.
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Rows of soccer balls representing a cemetery are laid out in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, the latest in a protest movement that has swept Brazil as it hosts the Confederations Cup. SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JUNE 22, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF ROWS OF 500 SOCCER BALLS PAINTED WITH A RED CROSS LAID OUT IN THE BEACH 2. SIGN READING, 'WE DEMAND SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS SECURITY, NOT THE FIFA MODEL' 3. A CROSS STAKED INTO THE SAND DRAPED IN THE BRAZILIAN FLAG WITH SOCCER BALLS SURROUNDING IT 4. A SOCCER BALL WITH A RED CROSS PAINTED ON IT 5. SIGNS IN THE SAND DENOUNCING CORRUPTION AND MONEY SPENT ON THE WORLD CUP 6. A BLACK CROSS STAKED IN THE SAND 7. (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." 8. MORE OF SOCCER BALLS IN THE SAND 9. PEOPLE LOOKING AT THE DISPLAY 10. A CROSS DRAPED IN THE BRAZILIAN FLAG 11. VARIOUS OF THE DISPLAY 12. (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." 13. CROSS SURROUNDED BY SOCCER BALLS IN THE SAND 14. VARIOUS OF CLOCK COUNTING DOWN TO THE START OF THE 2014 WORLD CUP STORY: Rows of soccer balls painted with red crosses were laid in the sand of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach Saturday (June 22) resembling a cemetery on the shores of world famous beach. Next to the display were protest signs demanding better schools and hospitals and denouncing corruption and the use of public funds to finance the 2014 World Cup which will be hosted in Brazil and the 2016 Olympics to be played in Rio. The beachside display comes as Brazil is set to face Italy in the northern city of Salvador in the 2013 Confederations Cup, considered a warm up to the main event next year. The peaceful presentation is the latest in a larger protest movement to sweep the South American country that brought 1 million people to the streets on Thursday (June 20) and also resulted in widespread vandalism and dozens of injuries and has been blamed for at least one death. Demonstrations across the country have seemingly come from nowhere over the past week, and have rallied Brazilians angry about a range of issues from corruption and poor public transportation to billions of dollars being spent to host the sporting events. The president of the Rio in Peace organization, Antonio Costa, said the lines of soccer balls represent people killed in Brazil. "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 to be cut short every day in our streets," Costa said. The sudden unrest, which started on June 13 when police cracked down on a small demonstration over rising bus fares in Sao Paulo, has shocked a country that until recently was considered a successful emerging-market power on the rise. Costa echoed a rallying cry heard throughout the larger protest movement saying if the emerging country has the money to finance the Cup it should also be able to better public services including for education and health care. "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," Costa added. Brazil has some of Latin America's highest taxes but one of the lowest rates of public investment, leaving many Brazilians frustrated with subpar schools, hospitals, infrastructure and police forces. Protesters have used the eight-nation Confederations Cup tournament to amplify their outrage at public spending on lavish stadiums, casting a dark cloud over an event that was supposed to bolster Brazil's image globally.