Huge protests continue throughout Brazilian cities

  • 19 June 2013
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BBC's Julia Carneiro explains how Brazil's protests have spread

Brazil's government says it will deploy a national security force to tackle protests across the country.

Almost 250,000 people have filled the streets of Brazil's cities protesting about the cost of living, and what they see as money wasted on the World Cup.

Demonstrators are also angry at the corruption they say is in the country.

Last night in Sao Paulo, a TV satellite truck was set on fire and police were forced to hide in the mayor's office after coming under attack.

The Brazilian government will send the national force to five cities: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza and the capital, Brasilia.

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Martin explains what's happening in Brazil...

All of the cities are currently hosting football games in the Confederations Cup, in preparation for the World Cup in 2014.

Brazil is also due to host the Olympics in 2016 but people are complaining that money should be used for health and education rather than building stadiums.