Sunday 25 February 2018

Brazilians keep heat on government

Some 250,000 Brazilians took to the streets in the latest wave of sometimes-violent protests that are increasingly focusing on corruption and reforming a government system in which people have lost faith. A new poll shows that 75pc of citizens support the demonstrations.

The turnout in Saturday's protests was lower than the one million last Thursday and there was less violence.

But in the city of Belo Horizonte police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who hurled rocks.

The city of Salvador also saw protests turn violent.

Many protesters were not appeased by a television address last Friday by President Dilma Rousseff, who said she would not condone corruption.

She also said she would create a plan to improve urban transportation and use oil royalties for investments in education.

"She talked and talked and said nothing. Nobody can take the corruption anymore," said Mayara Fernandes, a student who took part in a march in Sao Paulo.

Irish Independent

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