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Hundreds of demonstrators protesting in this capital against costly investments by the Brazilian government to host sports events such as the 2014 World Cup on Monday temporarily occupied the access ramps to Congress and the roof of the legislature.

The protesters were allowed to peacefully pass through the cordons previously set up by police to keep them away from Congress en masse and occupied the roof of the historic building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.

The protesters took advantage of the city government's order to police to allow the demonstration to proceed without hindrance and they poured onto the roof of Congress carrying big signs listing their demands.

The protesters remained there for about half an hour and then peacefully left the area after a dialogue with authorities.

The protests in Brasilia are part of those that attracted thousands of people on Monday in numerous cities around the country to demonstrate their rejection of higher public transport costs and government investments in costly stadiums for the Confederations Cup soccer tourney, which began last Saturday, and next year's World Cup.

In Belo Horizonte, a huge crowd of protesters blocked some downtown streets and marched toward the Mineirão Stadium, where the Confederations Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Tahiti was being played.

The demonstration was followed at a distance by police. At the same time, hundreds of teachers marched in favor of more money being spent on education instead of on soccer.

In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, thousands of people marched carrying banners in demonstrations that went off peacefully, while in Brasilia, before heading for Congress, the protesters had filled the main thoroughfare where the ministries are located.

The Sao Paulo Secretary of Public Safety, Fernando Griela, told a press conference Monday that police would not use rubber bullets against the demonstrators following the incidents last Thursday, when dozens of people were injured including several journalists.

There were demonstrations around the stadium in Brasilia last Saturday, and around Rio de Janeiro's legendary Maracana on Sunday, where hundreds clashed with police and were dispersed with tear gas and rubber bullets. EFE