June 18, 2013
Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of
thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro,
Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities.
Protests initially began last week following a government
announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which
brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests.
According to reports by Brazilian media such as Jornal do Dia, the
initially peaceful demonstrations last week became heated, and led to
clashes with Brazil’s riot police that left at least 100 injured in the
major cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
Though the protests initially began following the announcement of bus
fare increases, they have evolved to include a wide range of groups
that have grown dissatisfied over everything from government corruption
and income inequality, as well as to outrage over the police’s harsh
response to protesters last week.