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One Million Brazilians Take To The Streets In Biggest Protest Yet

  • World
  • 06.21.13 10:23 AM EDT

Protests exploded in cities throughout Brazil on Monday, and have continued to grow throughout the week. On Friday, they swelled to their largest size yet, with an estimated one million people on the streets in cities across the nation.

The nationwide uprising began with a small march in Såo Paulo after a small increase in bus and subway fare was announced, but have come to encompass a wide array of causes: corrupt politicians, low quality schools, high taxes and income inequality. A focus of the protests has been the massive amounts of money the Brazilian government will spend to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

President Dilma Rousseff is meeting with top cabinet members Friday to discuss a response to the crisis. So far, one teenager has been killed, an 18-year-old protester who died after getting hit by a car.