Brazil: Passe Livre Protests Over Bus Fare Take The Streets of Sao Paulo, End With Clashes.

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330268-970x600-1The Passe Livre movement has been demonstrating in São Paulo against increases in bus fares since 2004, but the protests have grown since June, when a wave of demonstrations against the high cost of living spread around Brazil during the Confederations Cup.

“As long as transportation is managed according to the interests of businessman and not those of the public who uses it on a daily basis, we will remain on the streets fighting,” said protester Marcelo Hotimsky.

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The protest began peacefully in front of the Municipal Theatre of São Paulo around 17:00, demonstrators marched down the avenue Saint John and then the avenue Prestes Maia.

Around 19:15, the demonstrators marched through the tunnel toward the avenue Anhangabaú May 23, in the direction of the Congonhas airport. And after fifteen minutes, the option was going towards the avenue Brigadeiro Luis Antonio. About 3 hours into the protest the bus terminal invasion occurred, around 20:00, shouting “today has no turnstile.”

Protesters carry an effigy of a Bus Turnstile.

Protesters carry an effigy of a Bus Turnstile.

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Colonel of the PM (Military Police) Reynaldo Rossi making a violent arrest moments before he was assaulted.

Colonel of the PM (Military Police) Reynaldo Rossi making a violent arrest moments before he was assaulted.

cor The officer was taken to the HC (Clinical Hospital) with a broken collarbone and a wound in the skull.  About 78 people were arrested in the protest that ended with the invasion of Dom Pedro Terminal 2, which came to have the operation stopped for about 40 minutes. Set fire to a bus, destroyed the windows and also used fire extinguishers to break booths, ATMs and ticket offices.

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