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The Curmudgeon: “It’s Not the R$0.20!”

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The protests continue apace, and the protesters seem to be growing in number. Brazilian media of all types are having a feast day if not a feeding frenzy. Why all this tumult over an increase in bus fares that is one twentieth (1/20 or five percent) the cost of one draft beer? Are they kidding?

The protesters are not kidding; more surprisingly, neither are the press. The Brazilian Fourth Estate (press), traditionally allied . . .

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