Voices from within Brazil’s protests

Some comments by Brazilians participating in protests across South America’s biggest country:

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“We must invest in education before we invest so much money in the World Cup. We need schools, not stadiums.” – Erika Ribeira, 17, student, at a protest in Sao Paulo.

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“Corruption is the greatest problem In Brazil. All that money that went into the World Cup is a Matterhorn for the police to look into. If people were more educated we wouldn’t have so many corrupt people in power.” – Caroline Moura, 23, business administrator protesting in Brasilia.

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“I’m here to for the fight against corruption — we’ve got to fix the political system before anything else.” – Leonardo Toducz, 27, engineer protesting in Sao Paulo.

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“We are struggling for the rights of indigenous people, which are being trampled on. Brazil has now awoken but it was the indigenous people who were the first to awake when we began a movement for our rights to land.” – Sonia Guajajara, 38, community leader from the northern state of Maranhao, at a Brasilia demonstration.

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“This is the time to change so much that is wrong in Brazil and it’s young people who are leading the way. I see a sign of hope in this movement.” – Lorena Dias, 15, student, from Brasilia, carrying a sign reading “I don’t ride the bus but I want respect” referring to the original protests over rising bus fare.

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