AP PHOTOS: Protesters in Brazil vow further action

June 20, 2013 - 12:34 PM
Brazil Soccer Confed Cup Protests Photo Gallery

FILE - This June 17, 2013 photo, a demonstrator holds a Brazilian flag in front of a burning barricade during a protest in Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Protests that began as an outcry against a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares in Brazil's largest cities haven't ended with Wednesday's announcement that the increases would be rescinded. Protest organizers have called for mass demonstrations in dozens of cities Thursday, as people express frustration with corruption and what they say are high taxes and poor public services. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, but protesters say that the billions now spent on soccer stadiums would be better used for education, health and public safety.

President Dilma Rousseff has praised protesters for strengthening democracy in Brazil, where mass protests are rare. But police have responded to them with tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets.

Here's a gallery of images from the past week of protests.

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