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Bus strikes in Brazil cause transport chaos in run-up to World Cup

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Bus strikes in Brazil cause transport chaos in run-up to World Cup

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A bus drivers’ strike in Brazil has caused transport chaos in four major cities including two which will be hosting the World Cup in June.

In all more than 1.5 million people were affected by the strikes – the most serious problems were in Salvador while 90 percent of buses were running in Rio de Janeiro.

The stoppages were all in support of pay claims.

But for those waiting there wasn’t much sympathy as many complained of having to wait or walk.

Industrial disputes have surged in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup, as have almost daily protests against public spending for the tournament.

Last Tuesday indigenous communities demonstrated to demand economic change and better conditions on their reserves.

The Homeless Workers Movement is planning to hold a protest on the very day of the opening game.