9 Things You Need to Know About the Brazilian Protests

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4. More than 100,000 people were in the streets on Monday for largely peaceful protests in at least eight cities, according to reports by Yahoo! News. They were largely motivated by widespread images of Sao Paulo police last week beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets into groups during a march that drew 5,000.

The protests blocked seven lanes of the main ring road around Sao Paulo on Monday night in what was a largely peaceful, even festive demonstration. Other protest groups marched down major business avenues in the city. In Rio de Janeiro, crowds took up entire city blocks, waving Brazilian flags and chanting against corruption and for democracy.

5. On Tuesday, President Dilma Rousseff announced that the protestors' message was being heard. "The direct message from the streets is for more citizenship, better schools, better hospitals, better health, for direct participation," she said in a nationally televised address. "My government is trying and committed to social transformation."

6. According to Reuters, Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad met with leaders of the protest movement on Tuesday in an attempt to ease tensions, but so far has balked at lowering bus fares. Another march is planned to take place in downtown Sao Paulo on Tuesday evening.

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