Protests in Brazil

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Brazil is among the most influential democracies in Latin America, yet it continues to confront very serious human rights challenges and social inequality. The 2014 World Cup, hosted by the country, came to symbolize this disparity. The worldwide event has drawn wider international attention to an ongoing protest movement against social injustices in Brazil. Demonstrations against government corruption, and the practice of evicting villagers from favelas to build stadiums and further an agenda of gentrification have resulted in police violence. In addition, worker strikes have halted public transport and the airport of Rio de Janeiro. Small demonstrations have erupted across in Brazil in recent months, with protesters blocking main roadways and severely disrupting traffic. Brazil's police force has met the protests with tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators demanding better public services and investment in education and health.