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Brazil youths demand governors of Rio, Sao Paulo to resign

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Brazilian protesters march towards Governor Sergio Cabral’s residence demanding him to resign in Rio de Janeiro on August 1, 2013.

Hundreds of Brazilian youths have staged protests demanding the resignation of the governors of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as well as the release of demonstrators arrested during previous rallies.

On Thursday, protesters in both cities demanded Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral and his Sao Paulo counterpart, Geraldo Alckmin, to step down, accusing them of corruption.

There were also calls for the military police to be disbanded.

In addition, the protesters demanded information about the whereabouts of 42-year-old Amarildo de Souza, who was last seen when he was taken into custody on July 14, and also called for the release of protesters who were taken into custody during earlier demonstrations.

This was the latest in a series of demonstrations held across the nation against the Brazilian government.

A day earlier on August 1, anti-government protesters stormed the city council building in Rio de Janeiro, calling on Cabral to resign over corruption.

The demonstrations initially erupted on June 17, when street rallies were held over a rise in bus fares.

However, the anger has now snowballed into nationwide demonstrations, with people demanding that the government address the issues of high taxes, inflation, corruption, and poor public services.

The protesters are also opposed to the spending of over USD 26 billion of public money on the two major sporting events of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.


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