facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bus fare protests hit Brazil's two largest cities

June 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM   |   Comments

SAO PAULO, June 14 (UPI) -- Demonstrations against nationwide bus fare hikes turned boisterous in Brazil's two largest cities, leading to clashes with police, witnesses said.

Police in Sao Paulo arrested dozens of protesters Thursday, just days after they fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who tried to shut main thoroughfares, The New York Times reported.

In Rio de Janeiro, more than 1,000 demonstrators halted traffic during Thursday's rush hour on a well-traveled avenue.

Similar protests were reported in Porto Allegra to the south, Goiania in central Brazil and Natal in the northeast.

"The hike in bus fares were the spark for this to happen," Mauricio Sandro, an Amnesty International adviser in Brazil, said. "Public transportation in Brazil is expensive, unsafe and poorly managed, especially impacting poor commuters who have no choice but to rely on these systems."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs Father of five children thought they would kill him, feed him to dogs
2
New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared New video shows missing UVA student the morning she disappeared
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback