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Brazil: Police disperse thousands of protesters before public spending cap vote02:45

Brazil: Police disperse thousands of protesters before public spending cap vote

Brazil, Brasilia
November 30, 2016 at 02:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside Brazil's National Congressin Brasilia, on Tuesday, as the Brazilian government voted on a controversial bill that would see public spending frozen for twenty years.

Brazilian President Michel Temer's government has experienced a lot of opposition to economic and social reforms that they are attempting to introduce throughout the country. The public spending cap is seen by Temer's opposition as a harsh austerity measure.

One protester criticised the current government, led by Temer, as illegitimate, saying, "I think that we are experiencing a political coup since we have a president that was not voted by the people." On Sunday, Brazil's Socialism and Liberty Party filed a petition for Temer's own impeachment - although the petition is unlikely to be accepted and, instead, will be taken as a gesture of protest against the current administration.

While the protests were going on in the capital, the Senate voted - 61 to 14 - to approve the constitutional amendment that would freeze to the rate of inflation for 20 years. Health, Education and debt payments are not to be included in the spending cap.

A final vote on the amendement is due to take place on Tuesday, December 13.

Brazil: Police disperse thousands of protesters before public spending cap vote02:45
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Police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside Brazil's National Congressin Brasilia, on Tuesday, as the Brazilian government voted on a controversial bill that would see public spending frozen for twenty years.

Brazilian President Michel Temer's government has experienced a lot of opposition to economic and social reforms that they are attempting to introduce throughout the country. The public spending cap is seen by Temer's opposition as a harsh austerity measure.

One protester criticised the current government, led by Temer, as illegitimate, saying, "I think that we are experiencing a political coup since we have a president that was not voted by the people." On Sunday, Brazil's Socialism and Liberty Party filed a petition for Temer's own impeachment - although the petition is unlikely to be accepted and, instead, will be taken as a gesture of protest against the current administration.

While the protests were going on in the capital, the Senate voted - 61 to 14 - to approve the constitutional amendment that would freeze to the rate of inflation for 20 years. Health, Education and debt payments are not to be included in the spending cap.

A final vote on the amendement is due to take place on Tuesday, December 13.

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