Protests in Brazil Turn Violent

    Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in front of Rio de Janeiro's Legislative Assembly (ALERJ) building in Rio de Janeiro, on June 17, 2013. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of major Brazilian cities protesting the billions of dollars spent on the Confederations Cup --and preparations for the upcoming World Cup-- and against the hike in mass transit fares. AFP PHOTO / TASSO MARCELO        (Photo credit should read TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brazil’s widespread protests went from peaceful to violent Monday night, with police in Rio de Janeiro firing rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who were burning cars and ravaging buildings. Meanwhile, in the capital, Brasília, tens of thousands of people were seen charging on the National Congress building. Two hundred thousand people took to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities to protest government corruption, rising public transportation costs, and the belief that billions of dollars that could have been spent on health care and education were wasted on stadiums and other preparations for the World Cup and the Olympics. The protests—some of the largest Brazil has ever had—coincide with the beginning of the Confederation Cup.

    Cars are burned and buildings looted in Rio.

    With Brazil erupting in protests, watch footage from the streets.

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