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Uneasy calm on streets of Brazil

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Uneasy calm on streets of Brazil


Thousands of protesters have marched past Rio de Janerio’s Copacabana beach. The violent clashes of last week’s protests have gone but the anger still simmers. Many of the banners and the chants were against legislation which the demonstrators claim will hinder attempts to jail corrupt politicians.

These scenes were repeated in other cities as a new poll in the country revealed 75 percent of the population support the demonstrations. They have become a crucible of discontent for a number of causes including the cost of next year’s football World Cup.

“I want the corrupt ones out of the country. I work for the public ministry and I defend my institution. I want the corruption in this country to continue being investigated,” said Maria Luciente one of the protesters while Jose Helu opined, “The government is afraid of us. We are the owners of Brazil. Brazilians do want to host the World Cup, but not with our public funds.”

One group at the centre of the protests held a meeting in Sao Paulo to outline its future intentions. Last week it forced the authorities to roll back the recent rise in fares on public transport. To date the group has not revealed details of its plans.

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