What started as outrage over bus fare increases has erupted into enormous protests across Brazil's biggest cities.
Brazilians are voicing their anger at everything from political corruption to police violence and inferior public services. Many people are also upset that the country has spent millions on its upcoming World Cup and summer Olympics while leaving schools and other government services underfunded. A Confederations Cup match last Saturday at the most expensive stadium built in Brazil's history, attracted scores of demonstrators.
The demonstrations around the country are being referred to as the "vinegar revolution" (police arrested people for carrying vinegar to counter tear gas), the "20-cent revolution" (the bus price hikes that started the string of demonstrations) and the Passe Livre (the ensuing demand for free public transport).
Some 200,000 Brazilians took to the streets Monday. Rio de Janeiro's demonstrations alone attracted 100,000.
Below, via Reuters, a look at the protests happening around Brazil since Saturday:
Activists demonstrate in front of riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. Protests continued in Brasilia over the government's economic policies and the hosting of major sporting events as Brazil's national soccer team prepared to play Japan in the Confederations Cup opening match. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
Soccer fans are given access by riot police to Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
Activists and students scuffle with riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
Passengers ride a bus that was attacked by demonstrators during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Gustavo Vara)
Demonstrators build a bonfire to impede the arrival of the police during one of many protests around Brazil's major cities in Porto Alegre June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Gustavo Vara)
Police arrest youths for vandalism during one of the many protests around Brazil's major cities in Belem, Para State, June 17, 2013. As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil's biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. (REUTERS/Paulo Santos)
Demonstrators try to enter a building during a protest in downtown Rio de Janeiro June 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)