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Brazil: Tens of thousands denounce austerity reforms in Sao Paulo02:18

Brazil: Tens of thousands denounce austerity reforms in Sao Paulo

Brazil, Sao Paulo
March 16, 2017 at 03:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of people flooded central Sao Paulo on Wednesday, to protest against social welfare reforms being implemented by President Michel Temer's government.

"This illegitimate government that was installed here is trying to eliminate our rights with those reforms that are made to destroy all we have achieved," explained Mariana Tripode, one of the protesters that took part in the demonstration."

"We will not accept this type of coup behaviour that kicked out our government," she continued.

As part of his government's austerity measures, Temer is proposing to increase the retirement age from 65 to 70, which would make Brazil the country with the oldest retirement age in the world.

The president is also vowing to reduce retirement and social welfare benefits while raising social security contributions for civil servants.

According to government figures, up to 40% of the country's primary spending goes towards social security expenditures.

Brazil: Tens of thousands denounce austerity reforms in Sao Paulo02:18
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Tens of thousands of people flooded central Sao Paulo on Wednesday, to protest against social welfare reforms being implemented by President Michel Temer's government.

"This illegitimate government that was installed here is trying to eliminate our rights with those reforms that are made to destroy all we have achieved," explained Mariana Tripode, one of the protesters that took part in the demonstration."

"We will not accept this type of coup behaviour that kicked out our government," she continued.

As part of his government's austerity measures, Temer is proposing to increase the retirement age from 65 to 70, which would make Brazil the country with the oldest retirement age in the world.

The president is also vowing to reduce retirement and social welfare benefits while raising social security contributions for civil servants.

According to government figures, up to 40% of the country's primary spending goes towards social security expenditures.

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