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Protest Against Austerity Measures Turns Violent in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday, November 29th, while thousands protested outside Brazil’s Congress building, the Brazilian Senate approved a Constitutional Amendment (Pec 55 in Senate PEC 241 in Chamber of Deputies) that would limit government spending for the next twenty years. Demonstrators turned violent during the early evening hours, and police threw tear gas to disperse the crowd.

According to police officials, at least ten thousand people gathered on the lawn of Brazil’s Congress during the day to pressure senators to reject the bill, which has already passed through the Chamber . . .

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