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Brazilians march on

Mon., July 1, 2013, midnight

More than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched Sunday near the Maracana football stadium in Rio de Janerio before a major international match, venting their anger about the billions of dollars the Brazilian government is spending on major sporting events rather than public services. Though smaller in size, the march was the latest in a wave of protests that has spread across the country in recent weeks. Many are calling the protest movement the biggest seen here in decades, with more than 1 million people having taken to the streets nationwide on just the night of June 20. The demonstrations have dwindled in size in recent days as government officials have scrambled to calm public anger with woeful public services and a heavy tax burden. – AP


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