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
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
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.
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.”
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.
23:07 GMT: Police estimate that at least 35,000 people
have taken part in a number of marches all across Sao Paolo on
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
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
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.
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
21:16 GMT: A protester has fallen from the overpass over Abraão Caram avenue in Belo Horizonte reportedly suffering numerous fractures.
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.
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
20:29 GMT: At least 4,000 demonstrators are marching peacefully in the center of Sao Paulo, according to police estimates.
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.
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.
globo with an impressive aerial of the march in Belo Horizonte on its way to stadium hosting confederations cup pic.twitter.com/UZWVc70FUf— David Ferreira (@Igualitarista) June 22, 2013
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