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Millions march as Brazil witnesses its biggest ever protests
The protests in Brazil, which started after a 9-cent increase in bus and subway fares, are intensifying with each passing day. In the wake of the mass protests, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro scrapped plans to increase public transportation fees, however, this action failed to pacify the protesters. They are now targeting government's neglect of public services, high taxes, and rampant corruption.

As the protests are showing no signs of waning despite government concessions, the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has called for an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss the intensifying protest movement. The president will meet with several government ministers early Friday to discuss how to respond to the protests, the country's biggest in two decades. Amid growing protests across the country, she has already called off a trip to Japan planned for next week.

On Thursday, at least one million protesters rallied in dozens of cities across Brazil, including at least 300,000 in Rio de Janeiro where police fired tear gas to contain the crowds. Protesters also targeted the foreign ministry in the capital, Brasilia. They threw burning objects and firecrackers into the building before being chased away by the police.

What is more worrying the Brazilian government is that protesters are also targeting the billions of dollars being spent to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, next year's World Cup and this month's Confederations Cup. It looks the protesters are seriously fed up with high taxes and a lack of public services such as health and education, while the government is spending huge amount of money on 2014 World Cup.

“I would swap 10 stadiums for one decent hospital in this country,” and, “I would give up the World Cup for better education in my country,” said various placards, the protesters were holding in their hands, as reported by the CNN.

The protests are one more addition to the FIFA's concern, whcih have been critical of Brazil's preparations for the World Cup, which are already long behind schedule. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, was booed by the crowd at the opening ceremony of Confederation Cup on Saturday.

One of the organizers of the protest told CNN that people are on the streets because they have very different demands, but they don't have a forum for expressing them and for being heard. The organizer Alessandra Orofino said that the bus fares were just one of these many different things. She expressed hopes that this week's protests will mark a turning point in Brazil, where democracy is still relatively young.

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