Brazil cities brace for new protest

Security is being increased in Brazil’s biggest cities after protesters announced they would go ahead with mass demonstrations planned for Thursday.

Protesters in Sao Paulo said they would take to the streets “to celebrate” the reversal of a public-transport fare increase announced on Wednesday.

The protests, which were originally triggered by the increase, have since grown into a much wider movement.

Demonstrators are angry at corruption and spending on next year’s World Cup.

Fenced off

The authorities in the city of Rio de Janeiro have erected barricades around the state legislature building, which was vandalised during protests on Monday.

The state governor’s office, Guanabara Palace, has also been secured by a double layer of barricades.

Workers have also fenced off the elevated walkways opposite the mayor’s office and at central underground train stations.

Protesters told the BBC’s Julia Carneiro in Rio they would not march to the city’s Maracana stadium, which will be hosting a Confederations Cup match between Spain and Tahiti at the time.

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Previous matches have drawn protests, with demonstrators expressing their anger at steep ticket prices and the money spent on the Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In the city of Fortaleza, which was hosting the Brazil v Mexico match on Wednesday, demonstrators carried banners reading: “A teacher is worth more than Neymar”, in a reference to Brazil’s star footballer.

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