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Protests in Brazil

Written By: Jennifer Sheahen

Today we had the opportunity to speak with a young women from Rio. She is getting her Masters Degree at Southern Illinois University but her family in Brazil is very much a part of what she calls a revaluation.

Brazil Protests

June 19, 2013
BRAZIL---[WENY]---Brazil is witnessing some of its largest protests in decades, after some 240,000 people protested Monday.
      Tens of thousands continue to take the streets. The demonstrations were initially sparked by an increase in bus fares in São Paulo.
 Today we had the opportunity to speak with a young women from Rio. She is getting her Masters Degree at Southern Illinois University but her family in Brazil is very much a part of what she calls a revaluation.    
  It all started with a simple rise in 20 cent hike in bus fares. But it was a price hike that was felt from the poor to the rich.
 "It reached everyone from the lower class, the students and anyone who takes public trasnportation...everyone felt that specific change," says Marcela Teixeira.
 Brazil is currently experiencing a widespread collapse of its infrastructure. There are problems with ports, airports, public transport, health and education.
        The country is not a poor and the tax rates are extremely high.
 "Everythings falling apart I can tell you. I use the public transpotation when I go home it's sad and it's breaking apart. The thing is the money is not going where it's supposed to go to and that's why people are mad," she says.    
  Protesters have also condemned the high level of government spending on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
 "If you look at the numbers we have the world cup next year, and our world cup alone is more then the last three put togther," says Marcela.
     She bellieves there is not any one solotion for Brazils Probelms....but she does belive the people of Brazil will not stop fighting until they see major change.
 She says, "They where trying to silence us. And it shows we not going to be quite anymore."

  It all started with a simple rise in 20 cent hike in bus fares. But it was a price hike that was felt from the poor to the rich.
 "It reached everyone from the lower class, the students and anyone who takes public transportation...everyone felt that specific change," says Marcela Teixeira.
      Brazil is currently experiencing a widespread collapse of its infrastructure.

     There are problems with ports, airports, public transport, health and education. 
      The country is not a poor and the tax rates are extremely high.
 "Everything's falling apart I can tell you. I use the public transportation when I go home it's sad and it's breaking apart. The thing is the money is not going where it's supposed to go to and that's why people are mad," she says.    
       Protesters have also condemned the high level of government spending on the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
 "If you look at the numbers we have the world cup next year, and our world cup alone is more then the last three put together," says Marcela.
     She believes there is not any one solution for Brazils problems....but she does believe the people of Brazil will not stop fighting until they see major change.
 She says, "They where trying to silence us. And it shows we not going to be quite anymore."