Police charged protesters with batons and riot shields and fired rubber bullets and tear gas.

Some 200 protesters had gathered to demonstrate under the banner “Without Rights, There Won’t Be A World Cup,” which had been organized via Facebook.

Clashes were also witnessed in Rio de Janiero, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Brasilia.

Armed riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Sao Paulo just before the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.