Indians, students protest Maracana's privatization

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Construction continues at the Maracana soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Brazil was granted permission by FIFA on Thursday to host the Confederations Cup with six venues including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza, as originally planned. FIFA had previously announced the six cities as hosts, but said Recife and Salvador would only be ratified if they showed significant improvement in their preparations. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — About 500 people, including Indians and students, protested Thursday against a privatization of Maracana Stadium that will lead to the demolition of a nearby museum and a public school.

The protest came at a public hearing organized by the local government to listen to the public's concerns. Local media said the protesters booed authorities and showed banners against the project.

An indigenous museum, the school and some athletics facilities near the Maracana are set to be demolished as part of the renovation of the stadium that is due to host the finals of next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

Government officials claim the museum isn't used anymore and that all the buildings need to be removed to guarantee the stadium's modernization.