First, a Sky News video from Australia News 1:
Massive protests continued through Brazil Tuesday night, even following conciliatory words from the nation’s president and the announcement that some cities had dropped bus fare increases which had triggered the most massive protests the country has seen in two decades.
From Bradley Brooks of the Associated Press:
Thousands of demonstrators flooded a square in Brazil’s economic hub, Sao Paulo, on Tuesday evening for the latest in a historic wave of protests against the shoddy state of public transit, schools and other public services in this booming South American giant.
Sparked earlier this month by a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares and organized via social media, the nationwide protests are giving voice to growing discontent over the gap between Brazil’s high tax burden and the low quality of public infrastructure, echoing similar mobilizations in Turkey, Greece and other parts of the globe where weariness with governments has exploded in the streets.
On Tuesday, an estimated 50,000 people marched on Sao Paulo’s City Hall building, where a small radical group clashed with police as they attempted to force their way in and set a vehicle and other objects alight. Another protest sprang up in the working class Rio de Janeiro suburb of Sao Goncalo.
Earlier in the day, the president had tried to placate protesters.
From Todd Benson of Reuters:
President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued in some cities around the country.
Speaking the morning after more than 200,000 Brazilians marched in over a half-dozen cities, Rousseff said her government remains committed to social change and is listening attentively to the many grievances expressed at the demonstrations.
More from The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts:
Brazilians woke up with a mix of euphoria, fear and confusion after the country’s biggest night of protest in more than 20 years radicalised a new generation and left the established political class wondering how to react.
Vast demonstrations, in some cases of more than a 100,000 people, swept through at least a dozen major cities on Monday night, with protesters calling for better public services and an end to corruption.
The scale is still being assessed. There are estimates of more than 100,000 in Rio, 50,000 in São Paulo and Belo Horizone, as well as many thousands elsewhere. Although these figures are contested, the combined total is likely to be bigger than any demonstration since former president Fernando Collor de Mello was forced from office in 1992.
Police overreaction to the protests had mere intensified the scale of public outrage, as reported by Vincent Bevins of the Los Angeles Times:
Support for the Free Fare Movement, which launched the demonstrations, has grown since police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at marchers in Sao Paulo on Thursday and assaulted some participants and bystanders.
Over the next few days, groups protesting government investments made in preparation for the 2014 soccer World Cup, rather than in areas such as healthcare and education, also held demonstrations and clashed with police.
In response Tuesday, the governments of Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, Recife and Joao Pessoa announced bus fare cuts of 2 cents to 5 cents. The mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad, said he might also be willing to consider such a reduction if that is what the population wants — and if he can raise the funds.
Protesters in Sao Paulo vowed to stay in the streets until a recent 10-cent fare increase was reversed.
More on Roussef’s attempt at placating the public from the BBC:
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she is proud of the tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand better education, schools and transport.
“My government is listening to the voices calling for change,” said Ms Rousseff in her first comments since Monday night’s protests.
“The size of yesterday’s marches is evidence of the strength of our democracy.”
“It is good to see so many young people, and adults – the grandson, the father and the grandfather – together holding the Brazilian flag, singing our anthem and fighting for a better country,” said Ms Rousseff.
Finally, from vlogger Runaway Gringo, a look at demonstrators marching down São Paulo’s Paulista Avenue Monday: