Protesters Friday blocked some of Sao Paulo's main avenues to object to the the bill to freeze public spending for 20 years. Others set roadblocks with tires at the Vía Dutra, which links Sao Paulo with Rio de Janeiro, and Via Anchieta, the main road between the city and the coast.
Hundreds of protesters Friday blocked some of the main thoroughfares of Brazil's largest city in the first act of protest against the fiscal adjustment promoted by President Michel Temer. The national day against the measure with which the Government intends to restrict public expenditure for the next twenty years was convened by social organizations such as the Movement of the Landless (MST), unions such as the Workers' Unitary Central (CUT) and student groups.
The workers and the social movements will be together again in the streets so that our conquests are not buried by a coup and an illegitimate government, a CUT spokesperson said as the group's total opposition to Temer, who was promoted from the vicepresidency to replace the deposed president Dilma Rousseff after an impeachment political trial still questioned by trade unionists as well as Rousseff herself and former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva.
The protest was mainly against the Temer's plan to limits the increase in public spending over the next 20 years above the previous year's inflation.The proposed constitutional amendment was already approved by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate plans to vote on it in the coming weeks.