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Demonstrators with posters that on the left say "Armed forces are present with the people," and the right, "see what a disaster, Neymar's salary is higher than the one of a doctor" during a protest in Brazil.
Demonstrators with posters that on the left say "Armed forces are present with the people," and the right, "see what a disaster, Neymar's salary is higher than the one of a doctor" during a protest in Brazil.
Image: (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil protests to reach Patrick Street in Cork

The Brazilian community have organised a friendly demonstration for Sunday, 23 June at 3pm on Patrick Street.
Jun 21st 2013, 9:30 PM 6,107 19

THE BRAZILIAN COMMUNITY have organised a peaceful protest in Cork in solidarity with the thousands who have taken to the streets on the other side of the world.

So far 122 people have confirmed they will attend the protest on the dedicated Facebook page, which has been organised for Sunday, 23 June at 3pm on Patrick Street.

One of the organisers, Cibele Santos told TheJournal.ie that they planned the demonstration for later in the day so those attending the Dublin demonstration that morning at The Spire can travel to Cork.

Over one million people are believed to have taken to the streets last night in cities around Brazil. One man was killed when he drove through a barricade in Sao Paulo.

The protests began because of increases in bus fares, although the Brazilian authorities have since reversed that decision, the demonstrations have grown into a much wider movement.

People in Brazil are angry at corruption and poor public services. They believe the government have invested too much money in next year’s World Cup, rather than putting money into education and healthcare.

Santos said she expects people from all communities to take to Patrick Street on Sunday, including many Irish.

“Our aim is to show our support and respect to thousands of people humiliated, not just during the recent manifestos, but throughout history,” said Santos.

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