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Brazil rage spills onto the streets: LIVE UPDATES

Published time: June 18, 2013 23:08
Edited time: June 24, 2013 08:37
Demonstrators face riot police during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belo Horizonte June 17, 2013.(Reuters / Pedro Vilela)

Demonstrators face riot police during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belo Horizonte June 17, 2013.(Reuters / Pedro Vilela)

Brazil is the scene of record breaking rallies with over 1mn people across 100 cities demonstrating their discontent with the government. Two people have been killed in the protests and dozens injured, despite reforms promised by the country’s president.

12:30 GMT: Over a quarter of a million people took to the streets across Brazil to protest government corruption. A new poll shows that 75 per cent of Brazilians support the demonstrations.
In the cities of Belo Horizonte and Salvador the protests turned violent as activists clashed with police.

The vast majority of the demonstrations, however, have been peaceful.

00:50 GMT: Five people arrested in Belo Horizonte during the rally that blocked off streets in the city as rioters looted the center.  Several shops were vandalized and signposts and traffic lights damaged. Police moved in to stop the unrest.

00:25 GMT: So far protests have been held in 107 cities across the country with 286,600 people taking part in demonstrations, according to police estimates.

00:13 GMT: About 3,000 people are rallying in front the National Congress in Brasilia demanding the resignation of several MPs.

Sunday, June 23

23:59 GMT: Salvador police have detained a suspect carrying several Molotov cocktails, a gas mask, rubber gloves and a note threatening to kill Governor Jaques Wagner. In another note there were statements about President Dilma and references to the “revolution.”

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23:16 GMT: A group of protesters peacefully rally in front of the governor’s house in Rio de Janeiro, demanding better public services. The area remains calm and protesters are even offering food to the policemen guarding the property.

Protesters camping, since last night, in front of the residence of Rio de Janeiro's governor Sergio Cabral, in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, hold signs while blocking the street on June 22, 2013 (AFP Photo / Tasso Marcleo)

23:07 GMT: Police estimate that at least 35,000 people have taken part in a number of marches all across Sao Paolo on Saturday.

22:46 GMT: Fifteen people have been injured in clashes in Belo Horizonte, police spokesman Colonel Márcio Santana said. Four of those injured were police officers. Authorities were not using excessive force, the spokesman stressed, explaining that there was a group of provocateurs among the crowd while the majority of protesters were rallying peacefully. He has called on protesters to reunite with their families and go home peacefully.

22:21 GMT: A major shopping mall Iguatemi has closed its doors in Salvador with clashes taking place right in front of it. Meanwhile at least six bus stops have been vandalized across Bahia state.

22:05 GMT: A video allegedly showing the moment police used tear gas against the crowd near the Pampulha Airport in Belo Horizonte after a group of protesters tried to breach police cordon.

22:01 GMT: Police in Belo Horizonte have used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of violent protesters at the front of the march. After the rioters fled, a representative of the military police force reportedly addressed the remaining crowd of peaceful protesters.

A demonstrator throws a stone against anti riot policemen during a protest against corruption and price hikes near Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 22, 2013 (AFP Photo / Nelson Almeida)

21:40 GMT: Firefighters have been deployed to an area near the Pampulha Airport in Belo Horizonte, where protesters have set at least one vehicle on fire.

21:21 GMT: Mounted police deployed to the scene of clashes in Belo Horizonte are trying to disperse protesters, Globo reports.

21:16 GMT: A protester has fallen from the overpass over Abraão Caram avenue in Belo Horizonte reportedly suffering numerous fractures.

21:09 GMT:

An injured demonstrator is helped during a protest against corruption and price hikes near Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 22, 2013 (AFP Photo / Nelson Almeida)

21:03 GMT: The situation is reportedly getting out of control in Belo Horizonte, Globo reporter says. Protesters are setting fires and clashing with police. At least three demonstrators and four protesters have been injured so far. The Risoleta Neves hospital confirmed receiving a young woman with a head injury.

Anti riot police members clash with demonstrators near the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazill during a protest against corruption and price hikes on June 22, 2013 (AFP Photo / Nelson Almeida)

20:54 GMT: A march has been dispersed in Vale dos Barris avenue in Salvador. At least three people have been arrested for misbehavior, including public urination, confrontation with police and an attempt to break into a store, Globo reports.

20:29 GMT: At least 4,000 demonstrators are marching peacefully in the center of Sao Paulo, according to police estimates.

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20:14 GMT: Military police have dispersed a group of violent rock throwing protesters near the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte. The situation seems under control as the vast majority of the 65,000 protesters rally peacefully, Globo reports.

There were no reports of injuries among the protesters, but one police officer has reportedly suffered an eye injury.

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19:42 GMT: Some 5000 protesters gathered 5 killomers away from the stadium in the northeastern city of Salvador, where the national football squad played Italy in a match for the Confederations Cup. The crowd demanded  better schools and transportation and criticized spending on next year's World Cup.

Photo shows peaceful protest in the city of Salvador on Saturday

19:15 GMT:

19:14 GMT: Up to 20,000 protesters in Belo Horizonte are marching to the stadium where the game between Japan and Mexico is being hosted.

19:05 GMT: Some 30,000 people protested in the streets of the town of Santa Maria, in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

18:31 GMT: New rallies kick off in Sao Paulo and 60 other cities across Brazil, reports RT en Espanol.

16:26 GMT: The Brazilian Government has called in the military to help police monitor and ensure safety in tonight’s game with Italy in Salvador de Bahia as protests continue to spread. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff tried to calm the protests via a televised address, promising new plans for public transport, the health care system and pumping oil royalties into education.