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June 27, 2013

Brazil: June protests and demonstrations

Protests are ongoing in Brazil as people took to demonstrating against high World Cup spending. It was the latest in a wave of protests, beginning with those against transportation fare increases and later expanding to other issues, including the rights of indigenous people, abortion and gay marriage, poor public services, and general displeasure with the nationís government, which many see as corrupt. The unrest is the worst the nation has seen in two decades. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)

Demonstrators shout as they protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia on June 17. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. Protesters are using the Confederation's Cup as a counterpoint to amplify their concerns. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

Protestors are reflected on the glass of a building, left, as they march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 17. Protests in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities, set off by a 10-cent hike in public transport fares, have clearly moved beyond that issue to tap into widespread frustration in Brazil about a heavy tax burden, politicians widely viewed as corrupt and woeful public education, health and transport systems and come as the nation hosts the Confederations Cup soccer tournament and prepares for next month's papal visit. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities on June 17 for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

A police officer holds a tear gas grenade as they confront demonstrators during a protest against government waste and corruption and the use of public funds to organize international soccer tournaments, in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro State, on June 25. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator holds a Brazilian flag in front of a burning barricade on June 17 during a protest in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

A demonstrator attends a protest against the Confederations Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Recife City on June 20. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters #

Demonstrators clash with police close to the site where a road block was set to impede the access to Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 26 during the semifinal match of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Uruguay. (Sebastiao Moreira/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man jumps over burning tires set on fire by people who also blocked access to Brasilia's Mane Garrincha, one of the six host stadiums for the upcoming Confederations Cup, to protest in part against the government's policy of the expenditure for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on June 14. A police spokesman said the protest was organized by the Homeless Workers Movement (MTST) which is campaigning to reduce Brazil's housing shortage by staging squatters' occupations in abandoned government buildings. Brazil faces Japan Saturday at Mane Garrincha in the opening game of the two-week Confederations Cup, a dry run for next year's World Cup. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Munduruku Indian stands in front of security guards protecting Planalto Palace during a protest, where Munduruku Indians were prevented by security forces from entering the palace, in Brasilia on June 6. The Indians from the Amazon Basin are demonstrating against violations of indigenous rights and calling for the suspension of the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Xingu river, a huge project aimed at feeding Brazil's fast-growing demand for electricity. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters) #

A Munduruku Indian stands guard at the offices of the Brazil's Indian affairs bureau (FUNAI) headquarters after storming the building with others in Brasilia June 10. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters) #

Munduruku Indians rest in the auditorium of the Brazil's Indian affairs bureau (FUNAI) headquarters while occupying the building in Brasilia on June 10. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters) #

Soccer balls marked with red crosses planted by members of NGO Rio de Paz (Rio Peace) are seen during a protest in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 22. The protest was a call to the government to have education, health and public services to achieve the same standards as the FIFA World Cup stadiums, according to the organization. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters) #

Evangelical Christians participate in the "March For Family" demonstration against gay marriage and abortion, in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on June. The rise of evangelical Christians as a conservative political force in Latin America's largest nation has put the ruling Workers' Party on guard and led President Dilma Rousseff who is seeking re-election in 2014 to appoint an evangelical bishop to her cabinet. The growing clout of evangelical churches is also bringing social and moral issues such as abortion to the center of the national agenda, some say at the expense of political and economic reforms needed to restore robust growth to the world's seventh-largest economy. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) #

Brazilians watch a message by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff broadcast live at the bus station in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 21. The president ended her near-silence about more than a week of massive, violent protests, saying in a prime time TV broadcast Friday that peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy but that violence could not be tolerated. She promised to make improvements to public services, but said it couldn't be done overnight. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press) #

A woman chants slogans during a demonstration at Avenida Conde Boa Vista in the center of Recife, Brazil, on June 20. Brazilians marched against corruption and the cost of the 2014 World Cup are also angry at the media, including the influential Globo network, accused of belittling their movement. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator sleeps inside a tent on the fifth day of a tent camp set up in front of the residence of Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral, in Rio de Janeiro on June 26. Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, fueled by an array of grievances ranging from poor public services to the high cost of World Cup soccer stadiums and corruption. (Lucas Landau/Reuters) #

A demonstrator paints a friend's face before a protest in Rio de Janeiro, one of many such protests in Brazil's major cities on June 20. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Thursday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters) #

Demonstrators lie in front of a police line during an anti-government protest in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 20. More than half a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 Brazilian cities Thursday in demonstrations for renewed calls for an end to government corruption and demands for better public services. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press) #

People gather near Brasilia's Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha to protest against the allocation of funds towards the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup at a time when Brazil is in dire need of investment in other areas, they argue on June 15 prior opening Confederation match between Brazil and Japan. (Beto Barata/AFP/Getty Images) #

People protest the increase in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 13. Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Brazil's two biggest cities, protesting against 10-cent hikes in bus and subway fares. (Nicolas Tanner/Associated Press) #

Demonstrators protest in Belo Horizonte on June 21 against higher public transportation fares and the use of public funds to disrupt international soccer tournaments. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will give a televised address to the nation Friday, one day after more than one million people marched to demand better living conditions, her office said. (Nelson Almeida/Agence France-Presse) #

Students try to break down a door of the City Hall building in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18 against a recent rise in public bus and subway fare from 3 to 3.20 reais (1.50 USD). President Dilma Rousseff vowed Tuesday to listen to youths staging Brazil's biggest protests in 20 years in an outpouring of anger over the huge cost of staging events like the World Cup. (Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images) #

Demonstrators wave their country's national flag on Paulista Avenue where crowds gathered to celebrate the reversal of a fare hike on public transportation, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 20. President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency meeting of her top Cabinet members for Friday morning, more than a week after the protests began. But the protests that raged across Brazil late Thursday and into Friday were spiked with violence as people vented anger over a litany of complaints, from high taxes to corruption to rising prices. (Nelson Antoine/Associated Press) #

A military police officer from the special unit Chope shoots with a tear gas gun late on June 19 to disperse protestors during clashes in the center of Niteroi, 10 kms from Rio de Janeiro. Protesters battled police late on June 19, even after Brazil's two biggest cities rolled back the transit fare hikes that triggered two weeks of nationwide protests. The fare rollback in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro marked a major victory for the protests, which are the biggest Brazil has seen in two decades. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman receives medical attention during an anti-government protest in Rio de Janeiro's sister city Niteroi, Brazil, on June 19. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo city leaders said Wednesday that they reversed an increase in bus and subway fares that ignited anti-government protests. Many people doubted the move would quiet the demonstrations which have moved well beyond outrage over the fare hikes into communal cries against poor public services. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press) #

A policeman lies injured on the ground after clashing with demonstrators during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 17. Officers in Rio fired tear gas and rubber bullets when a group of protesters invaded the state legislative assembly and threw rocks and flares at police as protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities Monday for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

A protestor stops traffic holding a sign during a march demanding free public transit and against the money poured into stadiums for hosting the current Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup, at the Bus Station, in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 19. Another night of mass marches around Brazil and nearly a week of unrest has shocked the country's leaders ahead of a papal visit next month and next year's World Cup soccer tournament. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press) #

Police officers stand in a line across a road facing demonstrators during a protest by students, and members of the "Free Pass" movement, to demand improvements be made to the public transport system, at the bus station in the centre of Brasilia on June 19. This month's transport fare hikes, which came as Brazil struggles with annual inflation of 6.5 percent, stirred a groundswell of other complaints, leading to the biggest protests to sweep Brazil in more than two decades. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) #

An unidentified person carries a TV from a store during clashes in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18 against a recent rise in public bus and subway fare from 3 to 3.20 reais (1.50 USD). President Dilma Rousseff vowed Tuesday to listen to youths staging Brazil's biggest protests in 20 years in an outpouring of anger over the huge cost of staging events like the World Cup. (Daniel Guimaraens/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester looks at vandalized cash machines at a bank during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 17. Thousands took to the streets in largely peaceful protests in at least eight cities in Brazil Monday, demonstrations that voiced the deep frustrations Brazilians feel about carrying heavy tax burdens but receiving woeful returns in public education, health, security and transportation. Officers in Rio fired tear gas and rubber bullets when a group of protesters invaded the state legislative assembly and later vandalized and looted properties in the area. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press) #

A City Hall worker sets up a scaffolding to change windows that were broken by demonstrators on the eve in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 19. (Mauricio Lima for The New York Times) #

A young Brazilian protester begs to enter a gas station to seek shelter from charging riot policemen during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20. Brazilians took to the streets protesting against corruption and price hikes. (Oliver Weiken/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Several hundred thousand Brazilians attend a protest against against corruption and price hikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20. (Oliver Weiken/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Police officers stand guard as residents of the Rocinha favela demonstrate against against the abuse of power, corruption, higher public transportation fares and the use of public funds to organize international soccer tournaments, in Rio de Janeiro on June 25. Brazil is currently facing unprecedented social unrest, marked by almost daily street protests to demand better public services and an end to rampant political corruption, the protests come as Brazil hosts a dry run for the World Cup, called the Confederations Cup. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man on the ground grasps his head after he as injured by a projectile fired by police and tear gas fills the air during a protest outside the Minerao stadium during a soccer Confederations Cup match between Japan and Mexico in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 22. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators again took to streets in several Brazilian cities Saturday after the president broke a long silence to promise reforms. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) #

Brazilian riot policemen shoot teargas during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20. (Oliver Weiken/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Demonstrators protest against the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on June 20. Brazil's biggest protests in two decades intensified on Thursday despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations, as 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) #

Demonstrators join hands as they protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the national congress in Brasilia on June 17. Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. Protesters are using the Confederation's Cup as a counterpoint to amplify their concerns. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) #

A demonstrator raises his arms during a protest to demand better public services, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20. Approximately 300,000 people participate in the protests in the center of the city. (Marcelo Sayao/European Pressphoto Agency) #



 
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