and this started with the hiking of bus fares, no doubt, to pay for soccer temples that will gather dust after the World Cup and Olympics. Of course, this is money that could be better spent elsewhere in a poor country...
Brazil unrest: 'Million' join protests in 100 cities
More than a million people are reported to have taken part in protests in about
100 cities across Brazil, the latest in a wave of demonstrations.
Violence erupted in many places and an 18-year-old man died when a car drove
through a barricade in Sao Paulo state.
Protests began more than a week ago over high transport fares but are also
highlighting corruption and the cost of next year's football World Cup.
President Dilma Rousseff called off a trip to Japan to deal with the crisis.
She has called an emergency meeting of her cabinet for Friday to discuss the
The newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, citing official figures, said that more than
one million people had taken part in Thursday's demonstrations.
Brazilian media said there were protests in more than 100 cities.
In Rio de Janeiro riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at groups of
masked young men trying to approach the City Hall late on Thursday. At least
29 people were reported injured.
Rio authorities sealed off the state legislature building, the state governor's
office, Guanabara Palace and the mayor's office.
TV images showed gangs looting shops in the city centre - although many Rio
shopkeepers and banks had put up wooden hoardings to protect their premises.
In the capital, Brasilia, demonstrators started a small fire at the entrance to the
foreign ministry and were driven back by police using rubber bullets and tear
Other government buildings in the city were attacked and riot police used tear
gas and rubber bullets to scatter the crowds. About 26 people were reported
There were also clashes outside a football stadium in Salvador ahead of a
Confederations Cup match between Nigeria and Uruguay.
More clashes were reported in Porto Alegre in the south, Campinas north of Sao
Paulo and in the north-eastern city of Salvador.
The 18-year-old man killed in the city of Ribeirao Preto was the first person
reported to have died in the protests. The motorist who drove through the
barricade is said to have fled the scene.
In Sao Paulo, police said 100,000 people had gathered on the city's landmark
Members of the city's Free Access Movement (Movimento Passe Livre) - which
has been campaigning for better public transport - earlier pledged to take to
the streets "to celebrate" the reversal of a public-transport fare increase.
The protests, originally triggered by the increase on 2 June, have since grown
into a much wider movement.
Protesters are angry at corruption and poor public services as well as the huge
cost of next year's football World Cup, saying the government should also
invest in education and healthcare.
Previous Confederations Cup matches have drawn protests, with demonstrators
expressing their anger at steep ticket prices and the money spent on the
Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad said Wednesday's reversal of the fare rise
was a "big sacrifice", which meant other investments would have to be cut.
Sao Paulo and Rio are the latest two cities to reverse such increases after
similar moves by the authorities in Cuiaba, Recife and Joao Pessoa.
The fare rollback, while welcomed by many, has so far failed to quell the
"This means that our politicians have begun to hear our voices. This is
something that has never happened before - in a non-election year, at least,"
Daniel Acosta from Sao Paulo told the BBC.
"It's a start. What happens now, nobody knows yet, but it gives us hope," he
But 18-year-old student Camila Sena said the protests had become much wider
and the concession on fare prices would not change much.
"It's not really about the price [of transport] any more," she said while taking
part in a protest in the city of Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday.
"People are so disgusted with the system, so fed up that now we're demanding
The current unrest is the biggest since 1992, when people took to the streets to
demand the impeachment of then-President Fernando Collor de Mello.