A recent Pew Research Poll showed that six out of 10 Brazilians are against the idea of their country hosting the World Cup, largely because of the waste involved in the preparation.
Brazil has spent a total of $11.5 billion on stadium and other infrastructure construction, with little return on investment. Only one quarter of a $1.3 billion international terminal at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos Airport is operational, according to Brazilian officials.
The travel problems do not stop at the airport. Find a taxi in Brazil requires waiting up to two hours outside of Guarulhos. The waiting times for taxis has drastically increased due to a strike by Transit Union subway workers.
The strike, which has already lasted five days, could continue past the opening ceremonies of the World Cup. The Transit Union initiated the strike after demands for increased pay were ignored by the government. The negotiations between the government and union officials broke down after 42 workers were fired on Monday. The union then scheduled a vote Wednesday on whether continue the strike Thursday, the opening day of the World Cup.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the state government would add more buses to offset the effect of a subway strike.
Sao Paulo is not the only Brazilian host city to suffer unrest due to strikes and riots. Rio de Janeiro metro workers have also threatened to walk off the job unless their demands for higher pay are met. In Recife, the host city where the United States will conclude the group stage against Germany, police walked off the job. This caused riots and looting until the police returned three days later.Full Story >>