More than 100,000 people took to the streets in overwhelmingly peaceful protests in at least eight cities in Brazil early this week, voicing frustration over increasing taxes while receiving little return in the form of poor public education, health, security and transportation.

The protests were initially sparked by a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares. At first, demonstrations were being labeled as driven by rival political parties with the goal of demoralizing President

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