Transit Workers and Traffic Cops Strike in Sao Paulo With the World Cup Six Days Away

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 6 2014 10:14 AM

With the World Cup Six Days Away, Transit Workers and Traffic Cops Are On Strike in Sao Paulo

Congestion in Sao Paulo yesterday.

Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images

With the first match of the World Cup in Sao Paulo six days away, the city's transit workers have gone on strike in hopes of securing a 10 percent raise (the government's latest offer was 8.7 percent). From the Associated Press:

The subway system is Sao Paulo's main public transpiration system to the Itaquerao stadium where the Cup's first game will be held on June 12.
The strike stranded many of the more than 4 million people who use Sao Paulo's public transport systems on an average weekday.
Enraged passengers kicked in large doors at some stations when they arrived to find them closed for their morning commute.

Some lines were operated at lower-than-usual capacity by workers that chose to stay on the job. But problems were exacerbated aboveground because traffic police are apparently also currently on strike.

The AP notes that widespread protests across Brazil last year were also transit-related, provoked when police reacted violently to "marchers calling for the reversal of a hike in public transport fares."

The Cup's first match, which kicks off next Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern, features Brazil against Croatia.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.



Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 7:03 PM Once Again, a Climate Policy Hearing Descends Into Absurdity
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 7:23 PM MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.