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Foreign Office warns of violence in Brazil

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Brits planning to visit Brazil, following violent protests in Sao Paulo yesterday.

The Foreign Office has urged Brits flying to Brazil to avoid all protests and demonstrations and to monitor local media in the country. It has also advised that those planning on visiting a British Consulate should check before doing so, as some opening hours have been disrupted. The worst affected areas of Brazil include Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

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The outbreak of violence occurred yesterday, after fresh protests broke out in Sao Paulo. Protests started earlier this month, when demonstrators called for a 10 per cent increase in bus fares to be revoked. Since then protests have continued throughout the country, with many demonstrators complaining about the amount of money being spent on the World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, both of which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

The protests, the largest in the country since 2002, spread to Minas Gerais, Bahia, Ceara and the capital, Brasilia last night, all cities that are hosting Fifa’s current confederations cup. Shops and banks were vandalised on Tuesday by groups of activists wearing masks, who also fought with other demonstrators who were trying to stop the violence.
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In total the protests have engulfed at least 12 cities, though not all demonstrations have turned violent. Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil has said that she is proud the so many people were fighting for a better country. 

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