One million in Brazil's streets protesting against government

Brazil's cabinet is meeting in emergency session today as about one million Brazilains took to the streets to protest against everything from hikes in public transportation fees to the $26 billion the government is spending on two major sporting events. Reuters: Undeterred by the reversal of transport fare hikes that sparked the protests, and promises of better public services, demonstrators marched around two international soccer matches and in locales as diverse as the Amazon capital of Manaus and the prosperous southern city of Florianopolis. While the protests remained mostly peaceful, the growing number of participants led to occasional outbursts of violence and vandalism in some cities. In central Rio de Janeiro, where 300,000 people marched, police afterwards chased looters and dispersed people crowding into surrounding areas. "Twenty cents was just the start," read signs held by many converging along the Avenida Paulista, the broad avenue in central São...(Read Full Post)

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