Brazilian police now use teargas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters and crowds in the city of Fortaleza as protests continue to have a more aggressive nature all over the country. The protests, originally from Sao Paulo’s increase in transportation prices, have erupted to include concerns about lack of quality in public services and widespread corruption in the government.
Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff said that she is “hearing the cries of protesters” and is fully committed to resolve the issues of poor education, healthcare and the preparations the government is undertaking for the World Cup and other events. Protesters said that seeing millions spent on preparing for the Cup instead of seeing it work for them was “too much”.
Recently, authorities announced that a rollback in transportation prices is scheduled. The unrest have spread over to other cities. The mayors of Cuiaba, Recife, Joao Pessoa and other cities have also announced a rollback in bus fares and transportation.
At least 250,000 have joined in the biggest protests Brazil ever had since the people overthrew former President Fernando Collor de Mello.
In Fortaleza, protesters clashed against the police as they began throwing stones. Police fired rubber bullets in response. However, as clashes continue to become aggressive, authorities and police said that the quick government responses should “calm the crowds down”.