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11 Jul 2019 | 09:20 AM UTC

Brazil: Nationwide pension reform and education protests on July 12

Brazil News Alert

Various unions, public employees and students schedule protests nationwide July 12; heightened security and transportation disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/13/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil, Brasília, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro


Public employees, their unions, and students have called for a nationwide protest on Friday, July 12. Two causes are at play for the mobilization. First, Brazilian Congress is set to vote on proposed reform to the pension system. Second, the National Union of Students will protest overall education and public service cuts.

The main protests will take place in Brasilia. Those protesting pension reforms are expected to protest at the National Congress. Students will gather at 10:00 (local time) in the National Museum

Similar, though smaller, protests for both causes are scheduled on other major cities, including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected in the vicinity of the protests. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.


President Bolsonaro has proposed radical changes to the pension system, including raising the minimum retirement age, and making retirement rights less accessible. Other protests have been organized against the measure on May 15, May 30, and June 14. Changes for the education system and public services are included in the same reform package.

The Chamber of Deputies has already approved one part of the measure on July 10, and is expected to hold another vote on July 12.


Individuals in Brazil, and particularly in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution, monitor the situation, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.


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