SAO PAULO — Brazil’s government says it will deploy a national security force to five major cities after a wave of protests
which has seen almost a quarter of a million people demand better public services.
The national force will be sent to Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza and the capital, Brasilia.
All of the cities are hosting games in Fifa’s Confederations Cup.
The announcement comes after riot police and protesters clashed in fresh protests on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
Brazil’s ministry of justice said that Recife was the only Confederations Cup host city not to request the support of the National Public Security Force.
A source in the ministry said it would be up to local governments to decide how long the FNSP would stay.
The protest was the latest in a wave of demonstrations engulfing at least a dozen cities.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she was proud that so many people were fighting for a better country.
Vice-President Michel Temer cut short a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories today to return to Brazil.
“This morning, after being in contact with his staff and with Brazil, the Vice-President decided to cancel his entire programme and return tonight,” his spokesperson told Efe news agency.
The protests were sparked by anger at a rise in public transport fare prices in Sao Paulo on June 2 but have since mushroomed into much broader discontent with high levels of corruption, the poor state of the health and education services and the high cost of living.
They are the largest since 1992, when people took to the streets to demand the impeachment of then-President Fernando Collor de Mello. (BBC)