Brazil hit by protests over rising mass transit prices

2013-06-10 08:56

Sao Paulo -Violent demonstrations over higher public transport prices have hit several Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo where 50 people were hurt and 15 detained in clashes with police.

Police said about 2 000 demonstrators blocked traffic late Thursday in several districts of Sao Paulo, Brazil's sprawling economic capital which is home to 11 million people. Organizers said the protest drew 6 000 people.

Some demonstrators vandalized bus stops and metro stations while others burned garbage cans to protest a seven percent hike in bus, metro and train ticket prices from $1.5 to $1.6.

Some 50 people were hurt in the disturbances and most of the 15 people arrested by police were freed early Friday.

Similar protests were held in other Brazilian cities such as Natal in the northeast, Goiania in the center and Rio, where two persons were injured,

Fresh demonstrations are planned nationwide.

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