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In Brazil on Thursday night/Friday morning a mass civil protest movement took place as hundreds of thousands of people mobilised on the streets of Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo and other cities throughout the country. There were confirmed reports overnight of police opening fire on protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas rounds against the protesting Brazilians. Initial anger over a public transport fare hike, that was subsequently withdrawn, was believed to be the catalyst for protests earlier in the week, however tonight’s huge protest shows that problems in the South American country run much deeper. The protests are believed to have been continued due to ongoing anger at cuts in state spending on public services, political corruption, increased taxes and much resentment among Brazilians over the mounting costs associated with next years World Cup.
One of the popular slogans is “The People Should Not Fear Their Government, The Government Should Fear The People”. Tonight the ‘Tropical Spring’, on the streets of Brazil, will make the countries authorities very nervous, as the world looks on as the Confederation Cup is currently being held there. Protesters have clashed with police and there are fires throughout the cities where protesters have assembled. Pictures, videos and tweets have shown the strength of people power against a system that the public is no longer prepared to tolerate, ‘The evolution is coming, A revolution has begun’, tweets one and, ‘Time to change Brazil, start the Revolution’, is another. The ‘Tropical Spring’ in Brazil is trending worldwide on twitter with one tweet proclaiming international solidarity with the Brazilian people, reminiscent of the ‘Arab Spring’ movement, with the tweet, ‘You have a twitter voice right Here! #changebrazil we are together!
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NEWSFEEDS FROM THE WIRES: (IRISH TIME).
5.05 – Dow Jones Business News. President Calls Emergency Cabinet Meeting. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency cabinet meeting Friday after at least one million people rallied for better public services and against the high cost of staging the World Cup. The mounting pressure on Ms. Rousseff’s government in the face of the biggest street protests the South American country has seen in 20 years also prompted her to cancel a trip to Japan planned for next week. Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/brazil-president-calls-emergency-cabinet-meeting-20130621-00001#ixzz2Woy4sxJ2
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2.58 – Reports that 40 people are attending Hospital in Rio with injuries. Over 100 injuries reported at protests across Brazil, including three news journalists.
2.38 – Reports of 800,000 protesters on the streets of Brazil, unconfirmed that twelve people injured by car, one person killed by SUV driver, believed to be 18 years old, police in riot gear use tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters, fires and damage to properties caused by protesters.
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Massive public protests against taxes, corruption & poor public services on the streets of #brazil #confed http://g1.globo.com/globo-news/globo-news-ao-vivo/videos/t/ao-vivo/v/globo-news-ao-vivo/61910/ … #rio
Mass protests in Rio tonight outside #confed cup game.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/sao-paulo-rio-officials-reverse-subway-bus-fare-hike-that-sparked-nationwide-protests/2013/06/19/4a1cecb2-d955-11e2-b418-9dfa095e125d_story.html … & http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/brazil-protests-police-rio-de-janeiro …
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