Protester killed, dozens injured as Brazil police face off with a million in 100 cities

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An 18-year-old protester has been killed and dozens injured as massive protests continue in Brazil’s cities. Over a million people have flooded the streets of the country on Thursday.

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil Thursday as hundreds of thousands assembled in the main cities of Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro with no sign of subsiding even as governments reversed course on planned public transit fare hikes.

An 18-year-old protester was killed and dozens injured as massive protests continued across South America’s largest country, with over a million people taking to the streets there on the day.

In addition to the one demonstrator killed, three more were injured in the same incident after they were hit by a car in the town of Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo state. Witnesses say the car tried to break a human chain created by protesters.

Apparently outraged because he was being blocked, the driver accelerated the vehicle and ran over the four. Three people were taken to hospital with fractures, one of them in serious condition. Delefrate Marcos, 18, died at the scene.

Following the protests, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called for an emergency Cabinet meeting Friday morning. She was also forced to cancel a trip to Japan planned for next week.

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  • Barn Cat

    They aren’t merely protesters. They’re rioters and looters. There’s a lot of lawlessness going on in Brazil. The government needs to put it under control.