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Brazil: Protesters destroy police car despite chants for no violence00:56

Brazil: Protesters destroy police car despite chants for no violence

Brazil, Fortaleza
June 20, 2013 at 12:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil: Protesters destroy police car despite chants for no violence

Around 30,000 civilians marched in Fortaleza, Wednesday, calling for a systematic change in Brazil. While most chanted for non-violence and no vandalism, there were some young dissidents who destroyed police and state property in protest.

Demonstrations have taken over the large Latin American country since June 13, after the attempted bus fare hike triggered a massive movement that is now mobilizing against all injustices and corruption within the state's government. Originally the protests started out as a small youth movement, uniting demonstrators under the slogan "Passe Livre", which means "free [bus] pass".

However, the heavy police reaction against the young demonstrators led many more to join the manifestation, transforming the free pass movement into a movement aimed at at a change, specifically calling for a budget reform.

Cities across the Latin American country are marching the streets protesting Brazil's spending priorities and criticising its preference of sporting events over the actual well-being of the population. Many have carried signs that read, "a teacher is worth more than Neymar", referring to a well known Brazilian football player.

While the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has mostly chastised the Brazilians for placing blame on football leagues for Brazil's spending problems, the actual football players have publicly stated their solidarity.

RT News and Associated Press reported Givanildo "Hulk" Vieira de Souza, a star football player saying: "After seeing the people on the streets claiming for improvements, it makes me feel like joining them. They are doing the right thing, what they are saying makes sense and we have to hear them, Brazil needs to improve, we all know that."

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Brazil: Protesters destroy police car despite chants for no violence

Around 30,000 civilians marched in Fortaleza, Wednesday, calling for a systematic change in Brazil. While most chanted for non-violence and no vandalism, there were some young dissidents who destroyed police and state property in protest.

Demonstrations have taken over the large Latin American country since June 13, after the attempted bus fare hike triggered a massive movement that is now mobilizing against all injustices and corruption within the state's government. Originally the protests started out as a small youth movement, uniting demonstrators under the slogan "Passe Livre", which means "free [bus] pass".

However, the heavy police reaction against the young demonstrators led many more to join the manifestation, transforming the free pass movement into a movement aimed at at a change, specifically calling for a budget reform.

Cities across the Latin American country are marching the streets protesting Brazil's spending priorities and criticising its preference of sporting events over the actual well-being of the population. Many have carried signs that read, "a teacher is worth more than Neymar", referring to a well known Brazilian football player.

While the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has mostly chastised the Brazilians for placing blame on football leagues for Brazil's spending problems, the actual football players have publicly stated their solidarity.

RT News and Associated Press reported Givanildo "Hulk" Vieira de Souza, a star football player saying: "After seeing the people on the streets claiming for improvements, it makes me feel like joining them. They are doing the right thing, what they are saying makes sense and we have to hear them, Brazil needs to improve, we all know that."