Sao Paulo's police, in Brazil, attacked protesters on Wednesday protesting against an increase in public transit tickets, implemented by the government of far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.
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Police threw tear gas and rubber bullets at the hundreds of Brazilians, mostly students and members of the Free Ticket Movement (MPL), who marched peacefully towards Plaza de Ciclista (Cyclist Square) in Sao Paulo.
Ignacio Lemus, a teleSUR correspondent, reported that photojournalist Daniel Arroyo was injured in the knee while two others were arrested after the officers attacked the demonstrators. So far there have been one wounded and two people arrested during the repression carried out by officers of the Military Police of Sao Paulo.
"São Paulo | Students announced the course of their march. As in the previous demonstration, the Military Police fought the march: they repressed them when they were sitting. The message is a prohibition of protest, yet the answer is that on Tuesday there will be another."
"The people were just screaming our warcry, nobody was doing anything against the police and they started throwing bombs, out of nowhere, we were sitting on the floor," said a young student present at the protest.
The attacks intensified when representatives of the MPL read a statement rejecting the increase in the cost of public transportation that was effective on January 7, as well as other measures among them the loosening of gun laws in Brazil, promoted by Bolsonaro.
The MPL reaffirmed its readiness to continue the struggle to guarantee the rights of the people while confirming that the peaceful protests will continue despite repression. The next round of protests is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, the third held so far in 2019 when far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro was sworn-in.