A demonstration which peacefully took to the streets of downtown Sao Paulo, demanding investments in health and education, in opposition to the outrageous public funds for the World Cup stadiums, was harshly repressed by the state Military Police (PM) on February 22, resulting in the arrest of 262 people.
Staging a spectacle of power, the police officers flooded the Republica Square, to where the march was convened. The number of the Military Police officers was clearly thrice that of demonstrators ready to march. No less than 2300 police officers, in addition to low-hovering helicopters, followed the protesters since the rally started. The tactics of intimidation and repression were clear from the first hours of the demo.