14 Jun 2013 10:00
A wave of protests took over Sao Paulo in early June, as thousands of residents peacefully marched against an increase in the price of a single bus fare. Authorities said the rise was well below inflation, which since the last price increase in January 2011 has been 15.5%, according to official figures. Violent clashes erupted when police arrested at least 200 demonstrators as they tried to break into the Mayor's Palace. Police officers were accused of firing bullets and tear gas at protesters and assaulting some participants and bystanders. The attacks that emerged angered the residents and shifted their focus from rising transport costs to wider issues. Sao Paulo, June, 2013.