Blocos Protest Carnival Laws

By Bruno de Nicola, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - On Sunday August 30, a union of blocos de rua (street parties) held a demonstration in Praça XV, in the Centro district, to protest Mayor Eduardo Paes' new regulations for street parades.

Under the new laws, a considerable number of blocos could be ruled out from Carnival 2010. The decree aims to preserve public order and transport by allowing the council to plan every detail of the street parades.

Bloco representatives such as Nelson Rodrigues Filho, founder of the popular Bloco do Barbas, claim, “too many rules may . . .

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