Saturday, January 16, 2016

Protests Against Transportation Hikes Continue Across Brazil

Demonstrators protest public transit fare hikes in Sao Paulo on Jan. 12, 2016. | Photo: EFE
teleSUR "Protests in Brazil over the cost of public transit spread to the coastal city of Recife Friday as demonstrators took to the streets to say no to fare hikes, local media reported.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the center of Brazil’s fifth largest city to demand free transit passes instead of fare hikes from 3.50 reais (US$0.87) to 3.80 reais (US$0.95), which demonstrators have said is an unjustified increase given the state of public transit services.

...In June 2013, simultaneous demonstrations were held in at least 80 cities, with a total turnout that may have been close to 2 million. An estimated 110,000 marched in Sao Paulo, 80,000 in Manaus, 50,000 in Recife, and 20,000 in Belo Horizonte and Salvador. 

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