LAT: Tens of thousands protest conditions in Brazil

Los Angeles Times: Brazil sees biggest protests in over 20 years

Rio.protests.june.2013.jpgSAO PAULO, Brazil - Tens of thousands of protesters in Brazil held rallies in at least 11 capital cities Monday, the fifth straight day of demonstrations in opposition to such issues as rising public bus fares and police violence.

Marches coordinated on social networks took place in cities including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, where police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters, and Brasilia, where a small group climbed onto the roof of Congress.

As 5,000 protesters moved through downtown Sao Paulo on Thursday, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on the crowds without warning and assaulted some protesters and bystanders who had their hands in the air chanting ‘no violence,' leading to denunciations of abuse both in the national media and the government. 

"But the main reason for the big jump in support is the abuses of the police, who've showed they have no idea how to deal with social movements," Leal Filho said. "That's why I'm going to protest myself."

To read more about the mass uprising:  reporter Sarah-Hashim Waris has details