More than a million Brazilians took to the streets of at least 80 Brazilian towns and cities in demonstrations that saw violent clashes and renewed calls for an end to government corruption and demands for better public services.
An 18-year-old man was killed in Sao Paulo after a car drove through barricades, while television images showed police firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into crowds of young men, their faces wrapped in T-shirts.
Rouseff delivered an address on primetime TV, which saw her pledge to improve public services and hold a dialogue with protest leaders. She said peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy, but that violence could not be tolerated.
‘I’m going to meet with the leaders of the peaceful protests, I want institutions that are more transparent, more resistant to wrongdoing,’ Rouseff said in referecence to perceptions of deep corruption in Brazilian politics, which is emerging as a focal point of the protests. ‘It’s citizenship and not economic power that must be heard first,’ she said.
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