Hundreds protest in Brazil against Bolsonaro’s education cuts


Hundreds of people have taken to streets across Brazil, including in Rio de Janeiro, to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s federal cuts in public education budget.

Union leaders called for a strike in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education as well as plans to open federal universities to private investment.

The government says it is implementing the cuts across the board and in an equal way.

The latest cuts of 348 million reals ($87m) were imposed last month, targeting school textbooks.

Earlier this year, the education ministry announced a 30% cut to university funding and blocked all forthcoming scholarships for masters and doctoral students.


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