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WorldNationwide student strike begins in Brazil over budget cuts

19:50  15 may  2019
19:50  15 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

Major Nationwide Protests Add to Bolsonaro's Reform Headaches

Major Nationwide Protests Add to Bolsonaro's Reform Headaches Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Brazil’s major cities on Wednesday to protest a freeze to the education budget, adding to the headwinds buffeting President Jair Bolsonaro’s legislative agenda. Students and sympathizers rallied in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere against a decision to suspend about $420 million -- or nearly one quarter of the education ministry’s discretionary spending for federal universities -- from the 2019 budget. Speaking on a trip to Texas, the president described the demonstrators as “imbeciles” and “useful idiots”.

Students have seized control here and at hundreds of other schools across Brazil in a widespread rebellion against A portion of the field of 1,500 participants begins the trek to the highest point over the Florida Keys Overseas Brazilian students occupying high schools to protest budget cuts . 1/2.

Student , teacher, and professor groups call for nationwide strike beginning May 15 to protest education budget cuts ; associated demonstrations and disruptions possible. Individuals in Brazil are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized

Nationwide student strike begins in Brazil over budget cuts© EVARISTO SA Brazilian Education Minister Abraham Weintraub has slashed subsidies to federal universities by 30 percent, triggering protests by teachers and students across the counttry

Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges across Brazil began a nationwide demonstration on Wednesday in "defense of education" following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government.

Classes were suspended in numerous establishments as demonstrations took place in 17 of Brazil's 27 states, local media said, with particularly large ones in major cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.

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The student -led movement opposing budget cuts is growing in America. Students at Arizona universities rallied to oppose 5 million in cuts to their universities’ budgets , and It isn’t centralized and overwhelming… yet, but it is most definitely rising to the surface and beginning to spill over .

An umbrella organization representing Israel’s local municipalities has threatened a country- wide strike in protest of the planned across-the-board cuts to “The State of Israel delegates responsibility over its population to the local authorities, and they are those who ensure all basic services to every citizen.

The biggest demonstrations are planned for the end of the day, though.

In the capital Brasilia, federal troops were deployed in front of the ministry of education in case of trouble.

The protest movement was sparked by Education Minister Abraham Weintraub recently slashing federal university subsidies by 30 percent.

Several chief education officers claimed the budget cuts would compromise the ability of federal universities to function, and threatened to paralyze them.

Then the sudden suspension of the payment of masters and doctorate scholarships in the sciences and human sciences last week threw oil on the fire.

"Secondary school pupils, university students, researchers, teachers and other education employees will take to the streets in every state" to protest against the budget cuts, the National Student Union (UNE) had announced on Tuesday.

Despite the cuts affecting only federal institutions, the protest movement has been joined by many private universities such as Rio's Pontifical University which voted last week to join the nationwide demonstration.

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