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Government Workers Protest Budget Measures in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Organizers say that over 10,000 protesters came together yesterday, March 2nd, to demonstrate against the financial plan proposed by Governor Luiz Fernando, nicknamed "Pezão" (Bigfoot). The budget-cutting measures in contention mainly involve the schedule of when salaries are paid, which was bundled into a R$13.5 billion cost-cutting program made by Pezão last month.

The governor sent the proposal to the ALERJ (Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro) in an attempt to adjust the finances for the state. The goal is to become less dependent . . .

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