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Brazil protests 'more localised'

Protests continue in Brazil following a week of unrest that saw a million people take to the streets to demonstrate against the government. This time the demonstrations have become more localised, calling for action on a range of social issues.

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Mass protests continue in Brazil

Mass protests are continuing throughout Brazil, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and other cities.

Authorities had hoped to avoid the sort of bloody confrontations that shocked Sao Paulo last week and the outpourings of dissent were mainly peaceful.

As many as 200,000 demonstrators march through the streets in Brazil. Credit: Reuters

The unrest was set off last week by anger over a hike in public transport fares, but protesters have moved beyond that issue to tap into widespread frustration over a heavy tax burden.

Small bands of protesters broke glass trying to get into the main congressional building in Brasilia, and some demonstrators clashed with police in Rio de Janeiro.

Protesters are converging in at least seven Brazilian cities. Credit: Reuters

Police commanders had said publicly that they would try to avoid violence, but warned they could resort to force if protesters destroyed property.

Many are angry that billions of dollars in public funds are being spent to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics while few improvements are made elsewhere.

A demonstrator holds a banner to protest against the cost of the World Cup. Credit: Reuters

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