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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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Brazil's Neymar 'inspired by protests' to score winner

Neymar scored a spectacular volley in the 9th minute against Mexico as Brazil progressed to the Confederations Cup semi-final. Credit: EFE

Brazilian football star Neymar scored a spectacular goal in the Confederations Cup last night after saying he had been inspired by the protests in his country's two biggest cities.

Before yesterday's match against Mexico, Neymar surprisingly spoke up in favour of the protestors, an unusual move for footballers who usually steer clear of politics.

"I'm Brazilian and I love my country. I have a family and friends who live in Brazil. For that reason, I want a Brazil which is more just, safer, healthier and more honest, which is the obligation of the government," he said on Facebook.

"The only way I can represent and defend Brazil is on the pitch, playing football. From now on, I will enter the field inspired by this movement."

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