BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:32 P.M.) – Around 5,000 have people protested outside the Finance Ministry in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.
The protests on Wednesday were against the social welfare reforms of right-wing President Michel Temer’s government.
Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles revealed that some damage occurred inside the ministry building.
“Several floors of the building were invaded because of this strike,” Meirelles told reporters in Brasilia.
Meanwhile in Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city, street demonstrations brought traffic chaos.
“The traffic stopped everything. It was chaos,” said Claudio Rogerio Santos, a taxi driver.
“It meant more demand for cabs, but I doubt the politicians are paying any attention,” continued Santos, who personally brought four carpooling workers to a telemarketing firm that paid for their ride.
Temer, the son of Lebanese immigrants to Brazil, wants to cap the pension and raise the retirement age in a bid to improve the economy of Brazil, which is facing its worse recession in a century.