'We Don't Need the World Cup': Massive Protests Erupt Across Brazil

200,000 people took to the streets Monday to oppose political corruption and inferior public services.

What started as outrage over bus fare increases has erupted into enormous protests across Brazil's biggest cities.

Brazilians are voicing their anger at everything from political corruption to police violence and inferior public services. Many people are also upset that the country has spent millions on its upcoming World Cup and summer Olympics while leaving schools and other government services underfunded. A Confederations Cup match last Saturday at the most expensive stadium built in Brazil's history, attracted scores of demonstrators.

The demonstrations around the country are being referred to as the "vinegar revolution" (police arrested people for carrying vinegar to counter tear gas), the "20-cent revolution" (the bus price hikes that started the string of demonstrations) and the Passe Livre (the ensuing demand for free public transport).

Some 200,000 Brazilians took to the streets Monday. Rio de Janeiro's demonstrations alone attracted 100,000.

Below, via Reuters, a look at the protests happening around Brazil since Saturday:

Activists demonstrate in front of riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. Protests continued in Brasilia over the government's economic policies and the hosting of major sporting events as Brazil's national soccer team prepared to play Japan in the Confederations Cup opening match. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Soccer fans react as they walk through a cloud of tear gas as riot police clash with demonstrators outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Gustavo Froner)

Soccer fans are given access by riot police to Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Activists and students scuffle with riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Demonstrators gather to protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the national congress in Brasilia June 17, 2013. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. Protesters are using the Confederation's Cup as a counterpoint to amplify their concerns. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
A demonstrator attacks a public bus during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre June 17, 2013. As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. (REUTERS/Gustavo Vara)

Passengers ride a bus that was attacked by demonstrators during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Gustavo Vara)

Demonstrators build a bonfire to impede the arrival of the police during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Gustavo Vara)

A demonstrator waves a Brazilian flag by a burning a car in downtown Rio de Janeiro June 17, 2013.Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Police arrest youths for vandalism during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belem, Para State, June 17, 2013. As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. (REUTERS/Paulo Santos)

Demonstrators try to enter a building during a protest in downtown Rio de Janeiro June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

A bus driver looks at demonstrators during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Sao Paulo June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce)
A police officer uses pepper spray on demonstrators protesting against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the national congress in Brasilia June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
A demonstrator holds a banner during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Sao Paulo June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

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