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Brazil: General strike called for end of June

Brazil’s main trade unions and various social movements call for a nationwide general strike sometime in the last week of June

07 Jun 03:21 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2017, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil


On Monday, May 29, Brazil's largest trade unions and various social movements called for a nationwide general strike due to take place sometime in the last week of June in response to economic and social reforms proposed by President Michel Temer. According to local reports, the strike will most likely occur either on June 28 or June 29. Another meeting between the country's unions is expected to determine the exact date of the mobilization. Meanwhile, additional protests cannot be ruled out in the coming days and weeks.


Multiple trade unions, along with the Popular Brazil Front and People Without Fear civil society organizations, organized a 24-hour nationwide general strike on April 28. An estimated 40 million people participated in the protest.

Brazil has seen a series of protests in response to reforms proposed by President Temer, whose government took over after the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff. Numerous opposition groups, labor unions, and civil society organizations consider Rousseff's ouster and Temer's arrival in office to be illegitimate.

Additionally, recent corruption allegations affecting Temer and his administration have increased popular discontent and deepened an already acute political crisis. A recorded conversation of President Temer purportedly showing him discussing the payment of hush money to a jailed politician led to the opening of a formal probe by the Supreme Court on Friday, May 19. The scandal has sparked various protests and prompted eight impeachment filings. Temer has reiterated that he will not step down.


Individuals in Brazil are advised to avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of, to monitor developments to the situation, and to anticipate transportation disruptions surrounded protest sites.


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