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Brazil: Teachers and students plan strike on May 15

Student, teacher, and professor groups call for nationwide strike beginning May 15 to protest education budget cuts; associated demonstrations and disruptions possible

08 May 11:14 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/19/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

Event

Students, teachers, and professors are expected to begin a nationwide strike on Wednesday, May 15, to protest large cuts to the education budget. Associated demonstrations are likely before and during the strike, particularly in major urban areas. Students already held a related demonstration in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, May 6. Localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are possible near any protests; clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

The Jair Bolsonaro government has announced a 30 percent cut to the education budget. Critics say the move is politically motivated.

Advice

Individuals in Brazil are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized disruption and a heightened security presence in the event of any demonstrations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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