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In Brazil, a new bus fare increase elicits tepid protests this time
In Brazil, a new bus fare increase elicits tepid protests this time

In June 2013, an 8-cent bus fare increase spurred student-led protests that quickly grew into a wider movement in which more than a million people took to the streets nationwide to denounce Brazil's poor public services, government corruption and police abuse. That price increase was shelved. But this month, amid a series of difficult spending cuts and tax hikes, authorities have raised fares again, this time by 20 cents, to $1.35. A new round of protests led by the same student groups has begun but has failed to catch on with the wider population. Some in Sao Paulo say they are afraid of being caught up in violent clashes between police and protesters or of being associated...

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