Their bright banners bore diverse demands - but all reflected a fatigue with what people here get from the state. I r...
Their bright banners bore diverse demands - but all reflected a fatigue with what people here get from the state. I repeatedly heard the word "tired": protesters told me they were tired of corruption, of nepotism, of high taxes paid for poor public services.
People chanted that others should join the movement and that "the people have awakened". They warned foreigners not to come to the World Cup - because of the billions of dollars being spent on stadiums.
Soon Sao Paulo's main avenues were blocked and part of the demonstration headed towards the state's Government Palace. There were clashes with police, but nothing like the crackdown seen last week.
This protest was mirrored on the streets of Rio, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and other cities. Brazilians are asking for change - in a scale the country hasn't seen for decades.