‘Largest seen in Brazil’
The biggest protests were in Rio de Janeiro, where stone-throwing youths clashed with police, and in Sao Paulo. In the capital, Brasilia, people breached security at the National Congress building and scaled its roof. The protests are the largest seen in Brazil for more than 20 years.
The trigger was a 2 June increase in the price of a single bus fare in Sao Paulo from 3 reals ($1.40, £0.90) to 3.20. Authorities said the rise was well below inflation, which since the last price increase in January 2011 has been 15.5%, according to official figures.
‘Nepotism and corruption’
In the country soon due to host the World Cup and Olympics, many are now complaining that vast sums of money are being wasted instead of used for health and education, says the BBC’s Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo. Political leaders have also been accused of nepotism and corruption.
Protests were reported in as many as 11 cities on Monday. The demonstrations were relatively peaceful, though some of the 100,000 people estimated to have taken to the streets in Rio de Janeiro threw rocks at police, wounding five officers, set fire to a car and vandalised the state assembly building, starting a small blaze. The police reportedly used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse them.
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Source: BBC News
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