Brazil: Most serious riots since the dictatorship

Source: Latin America Bureau

Peaceful demonstrations against the increase of bus fares in São Paulo have been transformed in a few days into the largest riots in Brazil since the dictatorship. The first demonstration took place near Avenida Paulista on Monday 10th June.

Although the largely conservative, national media has played down the use of violence by the police, social media have given a very different account. A large number of videos and images containing clear evidence of excessive use of force by the military police against the protesters have been shared over the internet.

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