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Rio Says Essential Services Will Return to Normal Today

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite the ongoing truck drivers' protest that has paralyzed Brazil for over a week, on Monday, May 28th, Rio de Janeiro state and city officials asserted that services, including schools, buses and hospitals, should be returning close to 100 percent operation by late Tuesday, May 29th.

"The hospitals are working, more than 95 percent of state schools as well. The Metro and train are operating strong, giving coverage," said Rio Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão in an interview on Monday. "On Tuesday, the municipal schools will also open. I think we . . .

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