This Friday, the whole of Brazil came to a halt in what has been the country’s first general strike in twenty years. Called by trade unions and workers syndicates to protest against President Michel Temer’s austerity measures, the mass demonstrations were embraced by both students and workers from all areas, including education, health, transport, law and finance.
Although there are no clear numbers of demonstrators as of yet, at least 1.3 million people in over 554 cities are said to have taken part.
The measures proposed by the president would weaken labour laws, pension regulations and increase the retirement age.
Throughout the country protests were largely peaceful and non-combative, but in the major capitals of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, some protesters used burning tires … Read the rest