Brazil gripped by protest over transit prices hike

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Protesters led by the activist group Free Fare Movement clashed with police in Sao Paulo on Friday, as demonstrators voiced their opposition to public transportation fare increases. Police in anti-riot gear deployed tear gas against an estimated 3,000 protesters who had gathered at the city's main thoroughfare. Public transportation fares in Sao Paulo increased from 3 (€0.99; $1.14) to 3.50 Brazilian reals (€1.16; $1.34) last week. The 13 percent hike is almost double Brazil's current rate of inflation. The Free Fare Movement advocates free public transportation for all. A demonstration by the group last week resulted in 32 people being detained by police.