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Brazil's president says she is listening as mass protests sweep the country


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Brazil's president says she is listening as mass protests sweep the country

A call for more protests has been answered with another massive turnout in Brazil’s Sao Paulo as frustration with poor public services has spiralled into widespread anger.

In response President Dilma Rousseff has declared her government is listening:

“The voices from the streets need to be heard. They transcend mechanisms of institutions, of political parties, of class and the media.”

The unrest comes at a delicate time for Rousseff whose administration is struggling to get the economy back on track after sluggish growth and is facing the cost of staging the next World Cup.

The protests have snowballed through social media and mark the first time Brazilians have taken to the streets in such numbers since economic problems and corruption led to the toppling of a president over twenty years ago.

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