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June 6, 2014

'I'm not going to Brazil' hashtag tackles World Cup

Netizens use worldwide Twitter trend to protest treatment of poor during football tournament preparations.
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Children attend a football class on a court in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP PHOTO/LEO CORREA)

A hashtag that started in Colombia as a simple question has become a global trend, and is being used by many online to protest Brazil's hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

#NoVoyABrasilPorque ("I am not going to Brazil because...") trended worldwide on Thursday, as Twitter users, mostly in Latin America and Spain, explained why they would not be attending the World Cup. While some of the tweets were humorous, many people used the hashtag to criticise Brazil's handling of tournament preparations and the condition of the country's poor.

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