1 Million Rally Across Brazil as Protests Mount

HeadlineJun 21, 2013

An estimated one million people rallied across Brazil on Thursday in an historic escalation of the country’s largest protests in two decades. The demonstrations were held in more than 80 cities across Brazil. They came one day after the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro revoked transit fare hikes that set off the initial protests but have since grown into a movement against government corruption, inequality, failing public services, police brutality and government spending on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Thursday’s protests included an estimated 300,000 in Rio, some 110,000 in São Paulo, and tens of thousands in the capital Brasilia. President Dilma Rousseff has called an emergency meeting for today and has cancelled an upcoming trip to Japan.

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