Thousands of people filled the streets of Brazil’s main cities Friday, and schools, banks and some public transportation shut down, as Brazilians angry over a pension reform and budget cuts held the first general strike of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.
The nationwide strike was called by Brazil’s unions and mainly targeted the pension reform Bolsonaro is currently pushing for in Congress, but it comes on the heels of massive protests in May against steep cuts to the public education system and amid discontent over an economic downturn. – AP
Umbrellas became a symbol of protest in Hong Kong in 2014 after demonstrators used them to shield themselves from both police pepper spray and a hot sun. Five years later, umbrellas were out in force again on Wednesday as thousands of protesters faced off with police outside the legislature.
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