BRASILIA, June 28 (Reuters) – The massive protests that paralyzed Brazil last week appear to have peaked after sending the country’s shaken political establishment a loud message that it needs to change its ways.
It’s now up to the politicians to deliver improvements to the country’s deficient public services and more transparent and accountable government demanded by frustrated Brazilians, or the crescendo of angry protests could suddenly return.
BRASILIA/BELO HORIZONTE, June 26 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after Congress ceded to some of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.
In Belo Horizonte, some 50,000 people gathered to demand improved education and healthcare as Brazil’s third-largest city hosted a Confederations Cup semi-final soccer game between Brazil and Uruguay in a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup.
BRASILIA/BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after Congress ceded to a handful of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.
Police deployed in force and shut down traffic in the central esplanade of the modernistic capital of Brasilia ahead of Wednesday’s marches.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s bid to defuse a sudden outburst of national discontent by proposing a referendum on political reforms ran into stiff opposition on Tuesday from politicians and lawyers who questioned its legality.
Tens of thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets this month in the biggest protests in 20 years, fueled by an array of grievances ranging from poor public services to the high cost of World Cup soccer stadiums and corruption.
When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil’s Congress this week, it wasn’t just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – When televangelist Silas Malafaia gathered 40,000 followers outside Brazil’s Congress this week, it wasn’t just to raise their arms to the sky and praise the Lord.
The rally was a show of support for lawmakers who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage and a message to other politicians that they should not ignore Brazil’s fast-growing evangelical churches if they want to stay in office.
BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s government said on Tuesday it would send 110 federal troops to the Brazilian farm state of Mato Grosso do Sul to try to prevent more violence between Indians claiming their ancestral territory and ranchers.
The government has been struggling to defuse tensions with indigenous tribes over farmland in several states as well as over hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.
BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, June 4 (Reuters) – President Dilma
Rousseff’s government sought on Tuesday to defuse mounting
conflicts with indigenous groups over its decision to stop
setting aside farm land for Indians and plans to build more
hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.
The government flew 144 Munduruku Indians to Brasilia for
talks to end a week-long occupation of the controversial Belo
Monte dam on the Xingu river, a huge project aimed at feeding
Brazil’s fast-growing demand for electricity.
BRASILIA, May 31 (Reuters) – Brazilian Indians reoccupied a
disputed rural property and set fire to fields on Friday, a day
after they were violently evicted in a growing conflict over
land ownership in southern Brazil’s farm belt.
The land dispute turned bloody on Thursday when a Terena
Indian was shot dead during the eviction by riot police, who
used tear gas to dislodge some 200 natives from the cattle ranch
owned by a former congressman, Ricardo Bacha.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wound up a visit to Brazil on Friday saying it was high time the two largest economies in the Americas became closer partners in trade, investment and energy.
“We’re ready for a deeper, broader relationship across the board on everything from the military to education, trade and investment,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.