Friday, June 21

Uh oh, even the "natives" are restless in Brazil . . .

The Brazilians are upset about bus fares, the cost of the World Cup and taxes, among other things, in their once happy socialist paradise. Does promising to satisfy every whim in exchange for votes lead to ever stranger whims? reports:

"Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, and key ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on Friday following a night of protests that saw Rio de Janeiro and dozens of other cities echo with percussion grenades and swirl with teargas as riot police scattered the biggest demonstrations in more than two decades . . .

A vast crowd – estimated by the authorities at 300,000 and more than a million by participants – filled Rio's streets, one of a wave of huge nationwide marches against corruption, police brutality, poor public services and excessive spending on the World Cup.

Clashes were reported in the Amazon jungle city of Belem."

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