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Brazil's president condemns violence on streets


Riots and protests have continued in Rio de Janeiro and across Brazil.

The country’s president, Dilma Rouseff, condemned the violence and vandalism, pledging to keep order on the streets, but said she would listen to protesters.
“Fellow Brazilians,” said Rouseff, “we need to breathe new life into our political system, find ways to make our institutions more transparent, more resistant to misdeeds and above all more be open to influence from society. It is the citizens and not the economic power that should be heard first.”

Nationwide demonstrations have brought more than a million people out onto the streets.

Many are angry at poor public services while they say billions of dollars are being spent on next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

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