Friday, June 21st 2013 - 06:19 UTC

Rousseff calls emergency cabinet meeting; a million people took to the streets in capital cites

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has called for an urgent meeting of her main ministers Friday morning to address the effects of the current demonstrations through out Brazil which on Thursday evening convened over a million people in eighty cities.

The Brazilian president followed the demonstrations in Brasilia from the Planalto Palace

According to the leading newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Rousseff followed the protests in Brasilia from the Executive Planalto Palace protected by special forces and surrounded by demonstrators, and before leaving for the official residence decided on the emergency meeting.

When she was leaving for the Alvorada Palace reports came in that the seat of the Foreign Affairs ministry, Itamaraty was under attack from violent groups of protestors.

The emergency meeting will assess the extent and depth of the protest in the different cities and then decide what measures the government is to follow such as the intervention of the Ministry of Justice and probably a speech from Rousseff to the nation.

So far President Rousseff only made a brief reference to the protests last Tuesday when the launching of the Minerals Code bill presented to Congress. At the time the president said she supported the demonstrators because as her “they want a better country” and have done so flying Brazilian flags and chanting the national anthem.

According to police reports it is estimated that over a million people took to the streets on Thursday including 25 state capitals with clashes in at least thirteen of them. Rio do Janeiro convened the largest number, 300.000 people. In nine of the thirteen capitals with clashes there were acts of vandalism with attempts to destroy government and private property, mainly local governments, councils and Justice courts.

In Brasilia protestors trying to break into Congress were contained and expelled by police using tear gas and in Rio there was a battle in front of Town Hall as marchers tried to break in letting off fire works. Police reacted with stunt bombs and later the cavalry dispersed the most aggressive groups.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Workers Party Rui Falcao called on members and followers to abstain from participating in the demonstrations, thus reversing an earlier invitation to join the protests.

The Workers Party original strategy was in support of President Rousseff’s statement praising demonstrators and from her political mentor, former president Lula da Silva, who had adopted a similar approach.

In an interview with Folha de Sao Paulo published on Thursday Falcao had called for party militants to join the protests speared by the Free-Tickets Movement.

He added from his twitter, “to the streets; PT (Workers Party) to the streets!! The fight for decent public transport has been a historic demand from PT!!”.

However early afternoon the messages were exactly the opposite; “keep out of the streets: no demonstrations”.

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1 Britworker (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 07:07 am Report abuse
You cant promise your people a western thriving democracy full of opportunities and wealth and then continue to govern your country like, well, a south american!
2 Anbar (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
“”“”“Police reacted with stunt bombs”“”“””

I wish our police had stunt bombs - they sound rather groovy
3 karenykarl (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 11:37 am Report abuse
Brazil's street demonstrations are horribly significant, because they represent the increasing fragility of governments in the face of extreme income inequality. Expect a new variation of the Arab Spring who knows where? Latin America?
4 ChrisR (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 11:46 am Report abuse
Bit of a watershed here I think.

It could all go downbank rather quickly.
5 yankeeboy (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 12:01 pm Report abuse
What do you want to bet her solution will be handouts?

Stupid lefties don't understand how anything really works.
6 Be serious (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
Argyland with its ridiculously corrupt President and its shambolic Pussy Government is far worse off than Brazil.
So when is it really going to kick off in Argyland?
Change is needed there far more than in Brazil.
7 Britworker (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
I will be watching with great anticipation of this moving into Argentina, the joke is that their police and armed forces, what's left of them, have got as much to be pissed off about as everyone one else, not sure who they will have to quell any Argentine riots.
8 yankeeboy (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 01:39 pm Report abuse
7. La Campora hires all the known trouble makers and criminals . That is how she has kept bloody riots from happening so far,
9 mat (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 02:21 pm Report abuse
People, stop lying yourself... take a look to the macroeconomic conditions of brazil... High inflation, extremely low growth for an emerging market, high unemployment, currency overvalued... The country has been overrated for the last 10 years thanks to a huge marketing and state propaganda... But we are seeing the reality right now... People knows the truth.
10 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 03:21 pm Report abuse
Dima don;t worry, ask Indec to count the protesters, they can turn the million into a few thousand.......problem solved!
11 Math (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 05:24 pm Report abuse
Jesus, if you look at Avenida Paulista, there is as many people as in gay parade, which is like 1 million people. Some journalists and protesters say this number is fake. Calling unions, social movements, students and MST to places where people decided to burn party flags is manipulative. They will blame the right-wingers for a thing they started... Subversive communist tactics.
12 Brasileiro (#) Jun 21st, 2013 - 10:12 pm Report abuse
No more disturb. Our mensage is send. Peace, for now! 2014 Cup in Peace because our govern assigned. But Brazil must be strong against politicians. No more disturb!!
13 ljordao (#) Jun 22nd, 2013 - 01:49 am Report abuse

This might be the beginning of the fall of the corrupt nomenklatura you shamelessly worship. So go buy more toilet paper. You will probably need it.

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