The Art of the Protest in Brazil

Created: 2013-06-24 02:35 EST

Category: Sports

Soccer balls line Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

It's part of ongoing protests in Brazil with people calling for better schools and hospitals while denouncing use of public funds to finance the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

They are painted with red crosses -- resembling a cemetery. They represent those who have died says Antonio Costa is the President of the Rio in Peace Organization

[Antonio Costa, Peace Organization]:
"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."

He says the entire country deserves the kind of backing enjoyed by the soccer organization FIFA.

[Antonio Costa, Peace Organization]:
"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."

The beachside display comes as Brazil hosts the 2013 Confederations Cup, considered a warm up to next year's World Cup.