Posted on September 3, 2013
Since the beginning of the global economic downturn in 2008 governments around the world have faced protests led by popular movements.
Recently there have been mass protests close to home, in Brazil. These protests were initially sparked by a hike in bus fare prices and tensions over preparations for the FIFA World Cup but quickly developed into more complex nationwide movements demanding more government transparency, particularly with regard to public spending; increased investment in social safety-nets, and greater opportunities for political participation.
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