In response to two weeks of nationwide protests, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has proposed a referendum on political reform.
She also pledged to invest the equivalent of 17 billion euro in public transport – one of the main complaints which sparked the demonstrations.
“The streets are telling us that the country wants quality public services. They want efficient mechanisms to fight corruption and to ensure the good use of public funds,” said President Rousseff.
The proposals came after the president met with some protesters who said a channel of communication with the government had been opened, but more rallies were still planned for this week.
One of their grievances is the expense of staging next year’s World Cup, but both Fifa and the Brazilian government have dismissed suggestions that the tournament will be staged at the cost of health and education.