LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC says it is "fully supportive of peaceful protest" in Brazil and confident the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will bring major benefits to the city and country.

Anti-government protests have spread across Brazil in the past week. Triggered by an increase in bus and subway fares, the protests have targeted the billions spent to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Games.

The IOC says in a statement to The Associated Press that the Olympics "will bring significant benefits to the whole population of Rio, improving the city in terms of transport, infrastructure and social housing, as well as bringing a considerable sporting legacy for Brazil."

The IOC says polls show the majority of Brazilians support the Olympics.