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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The center of Rio de Janeiro faced another violent day on Wednesday as more than 500 demonstrators stood in front of the city’s legislative building to protest the proposed austerity measures during the first day of the legislative year. Among the measures to be voted on by the legislators is the plan to privatize Rio's water supply distributor Cedae.

Critics of the Cedae privatization plan, agreement set between the state and federal governments in return for federal aid, even found an ally among state representatives. "The governor negotiated . . .

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