June 13, 2014 9:23 am

Powerful images of protests against World Cup in Brazil

Protesters and Brazilian police continued to clash in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities Thursday.

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Protesters and Brazilian police continued to clash in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities Thursday.

More than 300 demonstrators gathered along a main highway leading to the stadium in Sao Paulo as they protested the money the country has spent on hosting the tournament.

READ MORE: Police, World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

Some tried to block traffic, but police repeatedly pushed them back, firing canisters of tear gas and using stun grenades.

A few protesters suffered injuries after being hit by rubber bullets.

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We take a look at some of the most powerful images from the World Cup protests in Brazil.

A police officer stands next to a destroyed police car during a violent demonstration at the 2014 soccer World Cup in the center of Belo Horizonte , Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

A demonstrator protest while wearing a mask with the face of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and that reads in Portuguese, “Go to see the game, You fool”, during a march against the FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup, at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

AP Photo/Leonardo Wen

A soccer fan (L) and anti-World Cup protestors yell at each other at a restaurant that was showing the game on Copacabana beach on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Police move past burning debris during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

READ MORE: Civil strife all part of the game in Brazil

A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

AP Photo/Nelson Antoine

Protestors hold up signs during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

AP Photo/Nelson Antoine

A protestor lies on flags in front of police during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

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