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Foreign Office updates advice for Egypt and Brazil

The Foreign Office has updated its advice for tourists planning on travelling to either Egypt or Brazil, following protests in both countries. Protests have taken part in several of Brazil’s cities during this month and a series of large protests are now planned for Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities, starting from today.  

Tourists travelling to, or already in, Egypt have been asked to exercise caution when in, or near, potentially sensitive locations such as police stations, government buildings, security directorates, political party offices, military barracks, Tahrir Square, the presidential palace and the Mokkatam area in Cairo.
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Furthermore, the FCO added that visitors should “not attempt to cross roadblocks erected by demonstrators, or the security forces” and to “monitor travel advice updates and the local media for further information."

The protestors in Egypt want current Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, to step down, ahead of the anniversary of his coming to power on the 30th June. Activists taking part in the protests have said they are not prepared to hold talks with the government ahead of the protests later today.
Protests in Brazil

In Brazil, a series of protests have taken place throughout the month, most of which were peaceful. However, some protests have turned violent and the FCO has warned travellers on holiday in Brazil of further protests, ahead of the Confederation Cup semi-final, which will be held in Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza.

The protests began just under a fortnight ago, when an increase in transport fares created uproar in Brazil’s major cities. The protests have now mushroomed into a nationwide movement about a range of issues including corruption and poor public
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