2013 Brazil Protests: Protesters Storm City Streets In Protest Against Government Corruption And Excess Spending [PHOTOS]

 @lukeydukeyl.villapaz@ibtimes.com on June 18 2013 11:39 AM

Brazilian protests that started around June 6 reached a violent point as riot police confronted protesters over the past few days. With tear gas and rubber bullets flying, protesters retreated as lines of riot police donning shields, shotguns and tear gas launchers advanced to disperse the crowds. In response to the heavy handed actions by riot police, thousands of disgruntled people filled Brazil’s largest cities, including the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belem, Curitib and Brasilia.

The protests were initially sparked by the Brazilian government’s decision to raise public transportation fares from BRL 3.00 to 3.20. However, other grievances have also been voiced, including protests against the excessive spending of the government in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Take a look at a photos from the protests here.

Brazil Protests Flag The IPO failure comes amid historic anti-government protests throughout Brazil.  Reuters Brazil Protests Injured An injured demonstrator sits in a police van after he was arrested during a protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia  Reuters Brazil Protests Violencia Demonstrators shout anti-government slogans behind a banner during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Sao Paulo  Reuters Brazil Protests Bus A demonstrator attacks a public bus during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre  Reuters Brazil Protests bonfire Demonstrators build a bonfire to impede the arrival of the police during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre  Reuters Brazil Protests Congress Demonstrators protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the National Congress in Brasilia  Reuters Brazil Protests Bonfire Demonstrators build a bonfire to impede the arrival of the police during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre  Reuters Brazil Protests Congress 2 Demonstrators protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the national congress in Brasilia  Reuters Brazil Protests Belo Horizonte Demonstrators march toward the Mineirao Stadium during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belo Horizonte  Reuters Brazil Protests Gathering Demonstrators gather to protest against the Confederation's Cup and the government of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff outside the national congress in Brasilia  Reuters Brazil Protests Riot Police Demonstrators face riot police during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belo Horizonte  Reuters Brazil Protests Belem Demonstrators march during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belem  Reuters Brazil Protests World Cup A demonstrator holds a banner during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Sao Paulo  Reuters

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