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Young professionals join Sao Paulo protests

Brazilian protest movement also fight for education


In the last few days, more than 260,000 people have come out on the streets of Sao Paulo. They are doctors, engineers and young people, opposed to measures taken by Dilma Rouseff’s Government, one of which is lavishly spending on the 2014 World Cup.

The Movimiento Pase Libre, which has been heading the protests around Brazil since last week, called Sunday for a new demonstration this week but with different demands from those that initially brought hundreds of thousands of citizens out into the streets.

The grassroots MPL movement, which emerged in the universities and has zealously defended the concept of free public transportation, convened via its Facebook Web page a demonstration for Tuesday morning in a Sao Paulo suburb to express its support for the movements pressing for public investment on the outskirts of Brazil´s largest city.

The massive protests forced authorities in the country´s main cities to nullify the decrees whereby they had increased bus, metro and municipal train fares.

The movement said that its aim with the new mobilization will be to fight against police violence, for investments in education and health care, in favor of people evicted for nonpayment of high rents and for a reduction in the cost of living.

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