18 June 2013, 08:15

Almost 30 people, including 20 policemen, were injured as a result of disorders in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian media report on Tuesday.

Around 200,000 people took to the streets of a dozen Brazilian cities late Monday in largely peaceful protests against the government's economic policies.

Around 100,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro, where some masked demonstrators set fire to a car and threw stones at the regional parliament building.

The protests were originally against a hike in public transport prices, but demonstrators have widened their complaints to include corruption and the public spending on hosting football tournaments.

Thousands gathered in the political capital Brasilia in front of the National Congress building, where several protestors breached security and climbed onto the roof waving the Brazilian flag.

In the country's largest city, Sao Paolo, where the first demonstrations over bus fares broke out last week, the crowd reached around 50,000 on Monday, according to police.

There were fewer clashes between demonstrators and police than on previous days, local media reported.

Protestors held up banners criticizing the government for spending billions on the ongoing Confederations Cup and on hosting next year's
World Cup.

The cities of Porto Alegre and Salvador also saw thousands of demonstrators, while police in Belo Horizonte used tear gas against the crowds. There was no indication of any injuries.

President Dilma Rousseff said the peaceful demonstrations were a legitimate part of the democratic process, but said this did not apply to the clashes outside Rio's state assembly.

The president of that assembly, Paulo Mello, called the attacks on its building "an act of terrorism."

Tens of thousands protest Confederation Cup costs in Brazil

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of major Brazilian cities Monday protesting the billions of dollars spent on the Confederation Cup and higher public transport costs, police said.

In Sao Paulo, the country's economic capital and most populous city, an estimated 30,000 protesters marched toward the main Paulista Avenue, with no repetition so far of the violence that marred similar protests last week.

Voice of Russia, RIA, DPA, AFP

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