Sao Paulo police tear gas protesters

People protest outside the closed entrance of Ana Rosa subway station during the fifth day of metro workers' protest in Sao Paulo on 9 June, 2014

Monday’s protests were centred around Ana Rosa station in central Sao Paulo

(SOURCE)  Brazilian riot police have used tear gas against protesters in Sao Paulo, three days before the World Cup opening game in the city’s main stadium.The BBC’s Katy Watson at the scene said about 300 demonstrators were there and helicopters circled overhead.

The protest was called by Sao Paulo metro workers who are striking in support of a 12.2% salary increase.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she would not allow violent demonstrations to mar the World Cup.

Sao Paulo metro workers have been on strike since Thursday, creating traffic chaos in one of the world’s most congested cities.

Protesters scuffle with police outside the closed entrance of Ana Rosa subway station during the fifth day of metro workers' protest in Sao Paulo on 9 June, 2014.

Metro workers are incensed at the money spent on the tournament and are demanding a 12.2% pay rise

 On Sunday, union members voted to continue to strike indefinitely despite a court order for them to return to work and a threat of dismissal by the state governor.

On Monday a spokesman for the company that runs the metro said 60 dismissal notices had been sent out to staff alleged to have been involved in strike-related disturbances in recent days.

However, the company could not confirm that these notices had been received or had taken effect.

Our correspondent in Sao Paulo says that police dispersed the protesters but that it was clear there was a great deal of bitterness about the money spent on the tournament.

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