Rallies on Brazil independence day aim to regain protest momentum

Cristo Redentor do Rio de Janeiro

Cristo Redentor do Rio de Janeiro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Protesters in Brazil tried to regain the energy of June’s massive street protests with rallies planned in more than 100 cities on Saturday, the country’s independence day — but efforts fizzled with low turnout.

A couple thousand protesters marched in the capital, Brasilia, a few hundred in Rio de Janeiro, and rallies were held in several other cities with more planned throughout the day. But turnout was a tiny fraction of what was seen in June, when more than a million people took to the streets as the country hosted the football Confederations Cup.

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