Nationwide Strike Leads Brazil to Standstill, Violence

As many as 40 million are said to have stayed home on Friday while thousands protested in the streets against government reforms.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Major cities in Brazil came to a standstill on Friday as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against government reforms while many others stayed home in what is being called the largest nationwide general strike in decades.

In many cities public transportation workers, teachers and industry workers stayed home. Entire public school systems were closed and in the country’s largest city, São Paulo, those who attempted to go to work looked for alternative means of transportation, due to the lack of buses, metro and train . . .

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