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June 18, 2013
Brazil protesters keep up pressure on government

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Protest leaders called for another huge demonstration in Brazil's largest city Tuesday, building on historic turnouts spawned by widespread frustration over decades of government red tape, high prices and shoddy services even as the nation's economic fortunes have risen.

With Sao Paulo girding for another march, the mobilizations have shown a rare spotlight on the growing discontent among the country's booming middle class that public infrastructure and quality of government haven't kept up with economic gains.

The protests started with a group incensed about a 10-cent hike in subway and bus fares, the Free Fare Movement, which is mostly composed of students. The demonstrations exploded Monday night, however, after images broadcast nationwide showed police attacking the fare protesters during a rally Thursday in Sao Paulo.

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A military policeman pepper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Victor R. Caivano
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Brazilians holding their country's flag play in the updraft of a subway vent outside Lisbon's Brazilian consulate, Tuesday, June 18 2013. AP / Armando Franca
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Protestors are reflected on the glass of a building, left, as they march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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Protestors march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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Protestors gather at the Municipal theater during a march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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Protestors march in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nelson Antoine
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Protesters, one holding a Brazilian flag, burn trash to block a street near the sate legislative assembly building during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A demonstrator shouts at police during a protests in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Eraldo Peres
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Protestors march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A demonstrator shouts during a protests in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nelson Antoine
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A demonstrator wearing a mask holds a Brazilian flag during a protests in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Eraldo Peres
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A demonstrator confronts a police officer during a protests in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Eraldo Peres
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A protester kicks a gas canister during a demonstration a in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Victor R. Caivano
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Protesters hold a blood-stained t-shirt of a protester that was shot in the shoulder during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Victor R. Caivano
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Demonstrators try to enter the perimeter of the government palace during a protest against a price increase for public transportation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nelson Antoine
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A demonstrator holds a Brazilian flag in front of a burning barricade during a protest in Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A demonstrator waves a Brazilian flag during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nelson Antoine
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Demonstrators gesture next to a burning barricade during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday June 17, 2013. AP / Silvia Izquierdo
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A car set alight by demonstrators burns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday June 17, 2013. AP / Silvia Izquierdo
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Protesters, carrying fire bombs and firecrackers, walk up the stairs as they try to enter the sate assembly during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nicolas Tanner
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Protesters try to invade the state assembly during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nicolas Tanner
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Police officers retreat inside the building as protesters, throwing fire bombs and firecrackers, try to invade the sate assembly during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A man wearing a mask jumps on top of a car damaged by demonstrators during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday June 17, 2013. AP / Silvia Izquierdo
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A protester looks at vandalized cash machines at a bank during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Victor R. Caivano
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Police officers take cover during clashes with demonstrators, who tossed fire crackers at them, in front of the state legislative assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nicolas Tanner
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Police officers take cover behind their shields during clashes with demonstrators near the state legislative assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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Police officers take cover during clashes with demonstrators near the state legislative assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A police officer, second from right, holds an electroshock gun as another policeman is dragged by colleagues during clashes with demonstrators outside the state legislative assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nicolas Tanner
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Some demonstrators try to help a police officer after he clashed with others during a protest near the state legislative assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A policeman lies injured on the ground after clashing with demonstrators during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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An injured demonstrator is helped by fellow protesters and treated by a doctor, left, who said the man was shot in the shoulder, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Felipe Dana
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A girl suffering from the effects of tear gas used by police is helped during a protest against a price increase for public transportation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP / Nelson Antoine
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A protester lies on the ground in front of a police line in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 16, 2013. AP / Bruno Magalhaes
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Policemen stand guard next to protesters placed on the road in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 16, 2013. AP / Bruno Magalhaes
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A protestor waits to the police action in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday June 16, 2013. AP / Nicolas Tanner

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