Protests in Brazil against hike in bus, metro fare
“Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Brazil’s two biggest cities, protesting against 10-cent hikes in bus and subway fares. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets Thursday night to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo who had been chanting, “The love is over — Turkey is right here” before fleeing the law enforcement onslaught. At least 55 people were injured and 60 arrested during the fourth demonstration in a week.
The crowd that formed earlier Thursday outside the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo drew together a combination of students, citizens protesting police violence, representatives from various left-leaning parties and supporters of the original protest, which called for better and more equitable access to public transportation.
Sao Paulo is plagued by grindingly slow traffic and poor public transportation, so its low-income residents often face long, dreary commutes. Bus fare was recently raised from about $1.40 to about $1.50. Minimum wage is just over $350 a month.
At first, the crowd moved peacefully through the streets, with some waving Turkish flags in recognition of the protests there. A small minority wore masks. Workers and residents cheered from windows; others complained of traffic jams caused by the protest. When the group neared Roosevelt Square, police began to fire tear gas.”
1. Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting increases in public transit fares in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 13, 2013. (Sebastiao Moreira/EPA)
2. People protest the increase in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP)
3. Two demonstrators hug each other tightly as they are surrounded by riot police using tear gas during a student protest in Rio de Janeiro June 13, 2013. (Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images)
4. A woman offers a flower to a police officer during a protest against a rise in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP)
5. Masked demonstrators protest an increase in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP)