"Protest for what you believe is fair; the country is growing and needs to do better in terms of social inequality. But let's not forget that we are bringing over an important event for your country. Treat the people who come here well."
-- Brazil 2014 World Cup organizing committee CEO Ricardo Trade says Brazilians have a right to demonstrate during the tournament as long as it doesn't spill over to mistreatment of tourists. Protests at the huge cost (about $15 billion) for hosting the World Cup plagued last summer's Confederations Cup. (AFP)