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Brazil: General strike against pension reform hits Sao Paulo01:05

Brazil: General strike against pension reform hits Sao Paulo

Brazil, Sao Paulo
June 14, 2019 at 21:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people hit the streets of Sao Paulo on Friday in a general strike against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's proposed pension reforms.

The government is seeking to raise the minimum retirement age to 65 for men and 62 for women as well as workers' pension contributions.

The protesters - which were comprised of numerous trade unions and left-wing organisations - displayed numerous banners and placards, denouncing the president and demanding better living conditions. They maintain that the planned pension reforms would only hurt the poor population of the country.

A general strike was also called in some of Brazil's biggest cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Curitiba and Brasilia.

Brazil: General strike against pension reform hits Sao Paulo01:05
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Thousands of people hit the streets of Sao Paulo on Friday in a general strike against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's proposed pension reforms.

The government is seeking to raise the minimum retirement age to 65 for men and 62 for women as well as workers' pension contributions.

The protesters - which were comprised of numerous trade unions and left-wing organisations - displayed numerous banners and placards, denouncing the president and demanding better living conditions. They maintain that the planned pension reforms would only hurt the poor population of the country.

A general strike was also called in some of Brazil's biggest cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Curitiba and Brasilia.

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