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Brazil protesters march against corrupt government. Tens of thousands of protesters return to the streets of Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo, to voice their frustration with a government they view as corrupt and inefficient. Those who took part in the mostly peaceful demonstration said that they were angry about having to pay high taxes in return for low-quality public services. "We are marching against the corrupt Brazil that we are living in," said one protester. "Health, unemployment, education, everything. Everything is wrong." Another described the protests as "the fury of an irritated Brazil with this corrupt, stealing government".The demonstrations have snowballed since last week, when a group took to the streets to complain about the high cost of the country's transport system called for a reduction in bus and subway fares.
Many are angry that the government is spending billions of dollars on hosting next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, while the needs of the people remain unmet. People are weighed down by high taxes and high prices but get low-quality public services and a system of government infected with corruption. That was the repeated message Tuesday night in Sao Paulo, where upward of 50,000 people massed in front of the city's main cathedral. While mostly peaceful, the demonstration followed the rhythm of protests that drew 240,000 people across Brazil the previous night, with small bands of radicals splitting off to fight with police and break into stores..Mass protests have been mushrooming across Brazil since demonstrations called last week by a group angry over the high cost of a woeful public transport system and a recent 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares in Sao Paulo, Rio and elsewhere.The local governments in at least four cities have now agreed to reverse those hikes, and city and federal politicians have shown signs that the Sao Paulo fare could also be rolled back. It's not clear that will calm the country, though, because the protests have released a seething litany of discontent from Brazilians over life's struggles. A demonstrator holds up a Brazilian flag in front of a group of protestors gathered in the main...Yet, beyond complaints about the cost for bus and subway rides, protesters haven't produced a laundry list of concrete demands. Demonstrators mainly are expressing deep anger and discontentment - not just with the ruling government, but with the entire governing system. A common chant at the rallies has been "No parties!"
"What I hope comes from these protests is that the governing class comes to understand that we're the ones in charge, not them, and the politicians must learn to respect us," said Yasmine Gomes, a 22-year-old squeezed into the plaza in central Sao Paulo where Tuesday night's protest began. President Dilma Rousseff, a former leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned and tortured during Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship, hailed the protests for raising questions and strengthening Brazil's democracy. "Brazil today woke up stronger," she said in a statement.Yet Rousseff offered no actions that her government might take to address complaints, even though her administration is a prime target of demonstrators' frustrations. The protests have brought troubling questions about security in the country, which is playing host this week to soccer's Confederations Cup and will welcome Pope Francis in July for a visit to Rio de Janeiro and rural Sao Paulo. Protestors gather in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Brazil's media has scrambled to cover the sprawling protests - coverage that in some cases raised the ire of protesters, in particular that of the powerful Globo TV network. Whenever what appears to be a Globo helicopter swoops over a demonstration, protesters hiss, raise their fists and chant slogans against the network for what they say was its failure to widely show images of a violent police crackdown on protesters last week in Sao Paulo. Brazilian demonstrations in recent years generally had tended to attract small numbers of politicized participants, but the latest mobilizations have united huge crowds around a central complaint: The government provides woeful public services even as the economy is modernizing and growing.
Protestors destroy ATM machines at a local a bank in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 18, 2013....They say they've lost patience with endemic problems such as government corruption and inefficiency. They're also slamming Brazil's government for spending billions of dollars to host next year's World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics while leaving other needs unmet. A November report from the government raised to $13.3 billion the projected cost of stadiums, airport renovations and other projects for the World Cup.
Protestos em todo Brasil em varios estados
Fifa Confederations Cup