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Brazil: more marches despite proposed reforms

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Brazil: more marches despite proposed reforms


Protesters returned to the streets of San Paulo one day after Brazil’s president proposed a raft of reforms.

At least 500 people marched, airing grievances ranging from poor public services to political corruption.

Even so President Dilma Rousseff is organising a referendum to be held before the end of October, asking Brazilians which political reforms they want.

One San Paulo resident was already clear on that subject:

“We want a Brazil that’s different, a Brazil of quality in which people can feel confident that the politicians represent us.”

Discontent is not just on the national level, local governors like that of Sergio Cabral in Rio de Janeiro state are also being targeted by protesters.

And next month unions are calling for a national strike.

There is also discontent with the amount of money being lavished on the staging of next year’s world Cup.

One local complained : “They (government officials) give the tournament more importance … you can’t eat a soccer ball, nobody puts a soccer ball on their plate to make a snack.”

Rousseff insists the financing of the World Cup is not part of the federal budget and does not affect funds earmarked for education and healthcare.

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