By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Rio Secretary of Conservation and Public Services, Marcos Belchior, announced that damages in the Centro area from last Thursday’s (June 20th) protests will cost up to R$1.5 million due to vandalism. For some this sounded like government rationalization for the heavy police presence and violence in some cases.

An estimated 300,000 protested on Rio’s Rua Presidente Vargas in Centro against corruption, poor services, and other issues in . . .

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