New clashes have broken out in Brazil despite President Dilma Rousseff’s address to the nation in which she responded to the protesters demands.
Thousands marched towards the stadium in Belo Horizonte where Mexico were playing Japan in a Confederations Cup match. Demonstraters were dispersed with tear gas. Salvador, which was also hosting a game, reported violent scenes.
In Sao Paolo, tens of thousands of people marched down Avenida Paulista against a proposed law that would limit the powers of the Federal Attorney’s office to investigate corruption and abuse of power. Federal prosecutors were responsible for bringing to light Brazil’s biggest-ever corruption case. It involved using public money to pay coalition parties for political support.
A protest against the large amounts of money being used for the hosting of sporting events took place on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach. There were also calls for greater investment in health and education.
In the first poll carried out since the protests began, 75% of Brazilians said they supported the demonstrations.