Protesters clash with police across Brazil

Brazil Confed Cup Protests

Take this my friend: “We are here to make sure police don’t hurt these kids”

SAO PAULO – More than 100,000 people were in the streets Monday for largely peaceful protests in at least eight big cities.

In some of the biggest protests since the end of Brazil’s 1964-85 dictatorship, demonstrations have spread across this continent-sized country and united people from all walks of life behind frustrations over poor transportation, health services, education and security despite a heavy tax burden. They were in large part motivated by widespread images of Sao Paulo police last week beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets into groups during a march that drew 5,000. They also railed against the matter that sparked the first protests last week: a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic hub, at least 65,000 protesters gathered in a Carnival atmosphere, as people chanted anti-corruption jingles and thousands of protesters in the capital, Brasilia, peacefully marched on Congress.

“This is a communal cry”; “We’re not satisfied”; “We’re massacred by the government’s taxes”; “We don’t have good schools for our kids”; “Our hospitals are in awful shape”; “Corruption is rife” “We cannot take it anymore”; “We will not take it anymore” were chanting the protesters in hope for their protests to make history and wake our politicians up to the fact that the Brazil population cannot and will not be taking it anymore!

A group of mothers received a rousing cheer when they arrived at the plaza where the march began, brandishing signs that read “Mothers Who Care Show Support.”

“We are here to make sure police don’t hurt these kids”; “We need better education, hospitals and security not billions spent on the World Cup” were saying the mothers.

Protest leaders went to pains to tell marchers that damaging public or private property would only hurt their cause. Some congressional windows were broken, but police did not use force to contain the damage. During the first hours of the march that continued into the night there was barely any perceptible police presence.

In Rio, police officers tear gas and rubber bullets when a group of protesters invaded the state legislative assembly and hurled rocks and flares at police. But most of the tens of thousands who protested in Rio did so peacefully, many of them dressed in white and brandishing placards and banners.

In Belo Horizonte, police estimated about 20,000 people took part in a peaceful protest. Earlier in the day, demonstrators had erected several barricades of burning tires on a nearby highway, disrupting traffic.

In a brief statement, President Dilma Rousseff, who faces re-election next year and whose popularity rating recently dipped acknowledged the protests, saying: “Peaceful demonstrations are legitimate and part of democracy. It is natural for young people to demonstrate.”

Protests also were reported in Curitiba, Belem and Salvador.


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Protest rallies held in Brazil’s major cities

Brazil Confed Cup Protests

More than 100,000 people took over the streets

BRAZIL – Demonstrations against rising costs of public transport and 2014 World Cup reflect anger over government policies.

Yesterday, Jun3 17th, over 100,000 young protesters have massed across Brazil to demonstrate against the rising costs of both public transport and the 2014 World Cup to be held in the country. Protesters gathered in at least seven cities on Monday in what they hoped would be their biggest demonstrations yet against the increase in transit rates.

The protest movement is mainly made up of the middle class and is critical of the government’s decision to increase transit rates by 10 cents, to $1.60. Police in Sao Paulo estimated that 30,000 people rallied in the city’s biggest demonstration yet. Up to 20,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro and another 6,000 took part in protests in the capital Brasilia.

Brazilians have long accepted malfeasance as a cost of doing business, whether in business or receiving public services. The government loses more than $47bn each year to undeclared tax revenue, vanished public money and other widespread corruption, according to the Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo business group. But in the last decade, about 40 million Brazilians have moved into the middle class and they have begun to demand more from government.

While almost one-fifth of the population lives in poverty, many Brazilians are angry that billions of dollars in public funds are being spent to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics while few improvements are made elsewhere.


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Au Brésil, une manifestation monstre contre l’augmentation du coût de la vie

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BRASILIA – Des milliers de jeunes se massent aux portes du Parlement après des heures de manifestation.

Au moment où le Brésil connaît un ralentissement économique, des dizaines de milliers de Brésiliens descendent dans la rue pour protester contre l’augmentation du coût de la vie et la facture astronomique de la prochaine Coupe du Monde. La principale manifestation s’est tenue lundi à Rio de Janeiro où 100 000 personnes se sont rassemblées, alors que 65 000 se rassemblaient à Sao Paulo, la capitale économique du pays.



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