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Brazil leaders to meet as protests, violence grow

Jun 21st, 2013 - International News

— Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is holding an emergency meeting with top Cabinet members this morning, following more than a week of protests against a government viewed as corrupt at all levels and unresponsive to its people.

Overnight, police and protesters fought in the streets as an estimated 1 million Brazilians swarmed through more than 80 cities in the biggest demonstrations yet.

At least one protester was killed in Sao Paulo state when a car rammed into a crowd of demonstrators, after the driver apparently became enraged about being unable to drive along a street.

In Rio de Janeiro, where an estimated 300,000 demonstrators poured into the seaside city's central area, running clashes played out between riot police and clusters of mostly young men with T-shirts wrapped around their faces. But peaceful protesters were caught up in the fray, too, as police fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately used pepper spray.

At least 40 people were injured.

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