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As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence, and government corruption.

The demonstrations are the first time that Brazilians, since a recent decade of steady economic growth, are collectively questioning the status quo. . .

For President Dilma Rousseff, the demonstrations come at a delicate time, as price increases and lackluster growth begin to loom over an expected run for re-election next year.

Polls show Rousseff still is widely popular, especially among poor and working-class voters, but her approval ratings began to slip in recent weeks for the first time since taking office in 2011. Rousseff was booed at Saturday’s Confederations Cup opener as protesters gathered outside.

Through a spokeswoman, Rousseff called the protests “legitimate” and said peaceful demonstrations are “part of democracy.” The president, a leftist guerrilla as a young woman, also said that it was “befitting of youth to protest.”

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Posted: 17 June 2013 in Uncategorized
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Brazilians in more than 200 cities within the country and around the world [ht: avs] are planning demonstrations this week.

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Protest of the day

Posted: 15 June 2013 in Uncategorized
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Protesters on Friday promised more organized action across Brazil in the days to come, following police clashes with thousands of young demonstrators in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, the capital Brasilia, and in Porte Alegre in southern Brazil who are angered by 10-cent hikes in bus and subway fares.

Protesters said that seemingly small increase released pent-up frustrations in a nation with a heavy tax burden yet woeful public education, health and transport systems.

“It’s about much more than those 10 cents. It’s about a society that is sick of corrupt politicians not making good on their promises to make improvements,” said Bruno Bisaglia, 24, who was gathering video testimony about the protests. “We want decent education, health care and transportation. That’s what this fight is all about.”