The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, made an emergency meeting with the Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo, after another night of protests that brought together about a million people across the country.
The meeting appears on the official agenda of Dilma Rousseff, announced late on Thursday (Friday morning in Lisbon) by advising the Presidency.
The Brazilian leader had canceled this Thursday a week official trip to Japan that would, from next Sunday. The reason, according to his aides, was that Dilma Rousseff chose not to leave the country at that time.
It is known, however, that the president has asked several ministers not to travel to the states and remain on Friday in brasila. Some of the ministers were summoned to a meeting at the Presidential Palace at 9:30 am, the one time the presidential agenda provides an audience with the Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo.
The main theme of the meeting should be the wave of demonstrations across the country on Thursday, the day the Planalto Palace remained absolutely silent on the subject.
One person died tonight and three were injured in Ribeirão Preto, state of São Paulo, after a driver advancing on a group of protesters, local media reports.
The fatal victim is a boy of 18 who participated in the protests that occurred in major Brazilian cities in the late afternoon of Thursday. The vehicle will have advanced against a group of young protesters in the streets that were closed to the protest, according to the daily “State of Sao Paulo.”
The Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, Fernando Pimentel, ruled, however, that the current wave of protests in the country will affect the entry of foreign investment.
“I do not believe that there will be problems (with investment) because the events are a demonstration of the strength of Brazilian democracy,” said the minister told reporters during a visit to Caracas to enter into an agreement with the Venezuelan government.
The minister who is considered ‘normal’ democracy protests there and argued that “if there is no violence” demonstrations are “legitimate.”
However, violence is evidence in these protests. The Foreign Minister of Brazil, Antonio Patriota, confirmed that the damage to the building of the Foreign Ministry were “considerable” and condemned the acts of vandalism that occurred during the demonstration on Thursday in the Brazilian capital.
“I was very angry at what happened, the building is a heritage of the Brazilian nation, which is the search for understanding through dialogue based on the right, was an act of vandalism that can not be repeated,” the minister said in an interview with broadcaster Radio “CBN”.
During the rally, which brought together some 30 000 people in Brasilia on Thursday night (Friday morning in Lisbon), one of the demonstrators tried to storm the Palace of the Foreign Ministry while others threw stones at the building, considered one of great works of modern architecture.
A 20-second aerial video shows just how gigantic last night’s protest in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil was.
Brazilian President calls emergency cabinet meeting after huge night. 1 million protesters took to the streets.
Currently going on in Rio: three hundred thousand (expected to rise to a million) have taken to the streets in Rio in the biggest protests so far sweeping Brazil:
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It’s always impossible to know what the trigger for a mass reaction will be in advance. In Brazil, hundreds of thousands of people have been in protest over corruption, bad services, and even the cost of hosting the World Cup.
The trigger was a mere 10-20 cent hike in transportation fares. Cities have rolled back the price hikes but the protests continue.
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