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Violent protests in Brazil against transport fare rises

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Violent protests in Brazil against transport fare rises

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There is anger on the streets of Brazil at an increase in the cost of bus and underground fares. Thousands of people have marched against the price hikes for the fourth day this week.

Protests in Sao Paulo turned violent with 55 people injured and more than 160 arrested.

Police used rubber bullets and tear gas against demonstrators. The state governor defended the police response, branding the protestors “vandals.”

There have also been demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro with violence reported there too.

The fare for a single ticket in Sao Paulo has gone up from 3 reals (€1.06 ) to 3.20 reals (€1.12. )

The authorities argue that the rise is still well below inflation.