Current Event Cat of the Day: Brazil’s Violent Teacher Protest

Current Event Cat - Brazil Overhaul Violent

Demonstrations calling for the complete overhaul of the education system turned violent in Rio de Janeiro after a small group of protesters threw fireworks, grenades, and tear gas. What doesn’t turn violent in Rio de Janeiro?

The protest, which began peacefully, attracted 10,000 – 50,000 demonstrators (the police and teachers’ union have slightly different versions of the event). But the scene turned violent after the marchers reached city hall and the sun went down. A few protesters threw firebombs at public buildings and riot police naturally responded by firing tear gas into the crowd. A handful of “black bloc” anarchists smashed a City Hall gate while others broke into banks and tried to steal cash from the ATMs. Some even set banks on fire. If we can’t have money, no one can?

The thousands of striking teachers and their supporters who were in the streets on Monday night were demanding better pay plus a complete overhaul of the education system. Ambitious! The demonstrators have already rejected the government’s proposals of a 15 percent pay rise. But they probably figured if Brazil was spending gazillions on the Olympics and the World Cup they could spare a bit more than 15 percent for the pubic education system.

Via: Al Jazeera & Current Event Cats

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