As hundreds of thousands of young people across Brazil protest the rise in public transport fares, ActionAid Brazil – whilst condemning violence from all sides, especially the police – says the Brazilian government has spent billions on world cup stadiums and has ignored the needs of its people for quality public services.
Despite authorities backing down on projected ticket increases in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo state and other cities, ActionAid warns that demonstrations could well continue into the weekend. Over a million people are expected to demonstrate in Rio today.
Marcelo Montenegro, campaigner and youth coordinator for ActionAid Brazil points out that the right to free quality services is crucial to ending poverty in Brazil and that public priorities have to change.
“The catalyst for these demonstrations has been fare increases in public transport, but there are wider issues and transport is just the tip of the iceberg.
Universal access to a wide range of quality public services including education and health is vital if poverty is to be eradicated in Brazil. Mobilization is seen to be crucial in advancing state and federal government commitments to quality and free public services for all citizens.”
Contact Natalie.Curtis@actionaid.org for the English translation.
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Marcelo Montenegro, campaigner and youth coordinator for ActionAid Brazil. Portuguese and English speaker. He is available afternoons and evenings (GMT), down the line from Rio de Janeiro.
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