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Rio slums rally for social improvement

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 01:02

June 26 - Hundreds of people from some of Rio de Janeiro's most famous slums gather to call for better health care and education. Jessica Gray reports.

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Hundreds of Brazilians gather in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday evening, demanding social services and investment. They are from two of the area's most famous slum neighbourhoods, and say the government is not doing enough to help its citizens thrive. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) DEMONSTRATOR, FABRICIO MAXIMILIANO, SAYING: "I am 21 years old and I need an education, my brother is coming and he needs education and you invest in security? My brother is coming. You are creating a gang of bandits if you don't invest in education in this country. You're a clown, you got that?" The protest is the latest in a series of demonstrations sweeping the country this month, originally sparked over public transportation fee hikes. Now, backed by social media campaigns and support from university students, the movement has grown to include a number of social issues, such as health care and education. Many are also angry the government is shelling out billions of dollars to host the World Cup soccer championship in 2014 and have staged protests in stadiums during June qualifying matches.

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Rio slums rally for social improvement

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 01:02