Photo Of Police Pepper Spraying Woman In Brazil Becomes The Defining Image Of The Latest Emerging Market To See Mass Protests

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
By Paul Martin

June 18, 2013

Brazil is currently gripped by its largest protests in 20 years — about 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday — driven by public frustration over poor public services, police violence, economic instability, and government corruption.

The turmoil, which has been simmering for months, arises as the country hosts the Confederations Cup soccer tournament (i.e. the preliminary for next year’s World Cup) and prepares for next month’s papal visit.

Images being shared on social media that show police beating unarmed protesters with batons, in addition to dispersing crowds with rubber bullets and tear gas, have only caused the protests to expand.

This terrifying event happened in Rio de Janeiro, where local police said 100,000 people had gathered on Monday evening. It seems that most dangerous thing the woman is carrying is a cigarette.

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