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Brazil to deploy National Security troops against protesters (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: June 19, 2013 06:57
Edited time: June 19, 2013 19:18
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The Brazilian government will deploy National Public Security Force in five cities hosting the FIFA football tournament in an effort to contain the ongoing protests across the country.

The announcement by the Brazilian Justice Ministry comes after a day of violent clashes between protesters and riot police.

Read RT's live updates on Brazil mass protests.

The ministry decided to deploy the joint federal police force on Wednesday in response to violent rioting across the country. The troops will reportedly be tasked with mediating the conflict, rather than punishing protesters.

The National Public Security Force is usually deployed in Brazil to address serious security crises, such as prison riots or major gang violence.

The protests were sparked earlier this month by a hike in public transport fees and escalated into a massive anti-government movement, with hundreds of thousands of people marching to express anger at the state’s policies.

Riot police face off against demonstrators during protests against poor public services, police violence and government corruption, in Sao Paulo June 18, 2013 (Reuters / Alex Almeida)

The cost of hosting the World Cup in Brazil is one of the key issues of the protest – demonstrators say the money would have been better spent on alleviating public problems, rather than on a major sporting event.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tried to defuse tensions on Tuesday, saying that her government is looking to the people and is willing to act on the demonstrators’ grievances. "The size of yesterday's demonstrations shows the energy of our democracy, the strength of the voice of the streets and the civility of our population,” the president said in a televised address.

She went on to condemn the incidents of violence, and called on the demonstrators to protest peacefully.

Demonstrators run past burning garbage during protests against poor public services, police violence and government corruption in Sao Paulo June 18, 2013 (Reuters / Alex Almeida)

Riot polce take positions during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Daniel Guimaraens)

Students try to break down a door of the City Hall building in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

People gather at the September 7 square on June 18, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais (AFP Photo / Douglas Magno)

Students take part in a demonstration at Praca da Se, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

Riot polce take positions during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Daniel Guimaraens)

Students light fireworks during demonstrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)

Students take part in a demonstration next to the city hall building and the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Miguel Schincariol)



Comments (114)

 

johncocktoaston 21.06.2013 15:04

These protests arent just about a bus fare hike, they are about global neo-feudalism that is strangling all of us.

In order to make Sao Paulo a showplace for the world cup Favelas are being cleared and the people who live there are bieng pushed out.

Wherev er the neo-liberal fascists decide to thow a party, be it the world cup, the olympics, G8 summit, etc everyday folks should be prepared to live in a temporary police state where human rights become null and void.

Anonymous user 21.06.2013 13:20

We do this cause we love our country and deserve the best !

Anonymous user 20.06.2013 14:22

Antichrist spirit ??? What kind of ludicrous generalization is that ? Narrow-minded opinions...

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