Voices from within Brazil’s protests

Some comments by Brazilians participating in protests across South America’s biggest country:


“I’m here because I depend on public transportation which is terrible. Public transportation should not be for profit. I’m here to say we need better buses and better service.” — Maira Zenon, graphic designer, 27, attending protest in Brasilia.


“We’re out of medicine, out of materials; there are patients lying in the halls. Hospital staff hasn’t gotten a raise in 11 years. Considering what we pay in taxes, it’s a disgrace. I’ve been seeing this decadence, which is constantly getting worse, and I won’t just accept it.” — Claudia Pereira, 54, public hospital administrator participating in protest in Niteroi.


“We just want what we paid in taxes back, through health care, education and transportation. We want the police to protect us, to help the people on the streets who have ended up with no job and no money.” — Agatha Rossi de Paula, 34, lawyer attending protest in Sao Paulo.


“Public transportation must be free, that’s what this demonstration is about.” — Victor Lopes, student, 16, a participant in a protest in Brasilia.


“We need to take all the money invested in soccer and put it into education. Without education, we have nothing.” — Fabio Monteiro, 24, student attending protest in Sao Paulo.


“There’s so much injustice in this country, the 10 cents were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said, referring to the public transportation fare increase that set off nationwide protests. — Abner Barcelos Campos, 12, student joining in a rally with parents in Niteroi.

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