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Over 200 protestors injured by police in Brazil during manifestations of teachers against voting of bill that alters social insurance.

Teachers on strike were protesting in front of the Legislative Assembly about 3pm this Thursday (04/29/2015), where state congressmen were beginning a voting session on a bill that alters social insurance for teachers in the state of Paraná, and clashed with military police officers. There are over 200 wounded, some gravely, and unconfirmed rumours of deaths.

The teachers, who were camped at the place since Monday, would have tried to break the security perimeter the Military Police had set around the Legislative Assembly. The cops reacted with gas pumps, rubber bullets and water jets, and continued throwing stun bombs ever after the protestors dispersed.

The City Hall of Curitiba has informed that over 100 people were attended during the first 30 minutes of clash and that many victims kept coming. At least 35 in need of medical treatment were sent to hospitals. The servers of the Curitiba City Hall were released due to the turmoil.

Children were removed from schools in the region. “Some of them were feeling sick as a result of tear gas used by police forces in the Plaza Nossa Senhora de Salet (in front of the Legislative Assembly of Paraná) to ward off demonstrators,” the city government said in a statement. "In the lobby of City Hall, where dozens of people came to seek shelter, the smell of vinegar, used to mitigate the effects of the tear gas was very strong".

The Mayor of Curitiba, Gustavo Fruet, reported on Twitter that the city hall was evacuated to attend to the wounded, who are also receiving first aid at the Court. Six schools that are in the area suspended classes. “It looks like a war square!” Fruet wrote on the social network.

The Paraná Teachers Union was broadcasting the protest through the internet on a sound truck, but the vehicle was towed by the police. Now, teachers’ representatives’ information is transmitted only by Facebook.
The voting session was interrupted for about 10 minutes and taken up despite the noise of bombs and screams outside.

The bill in vote in the Legislative Assembly was sent by the Executive to amend the state pension. The Paraná government wants to take 33,000 retirees over 73 years old out of the Financial Fund, supported by the state treasury, which is in deficit, and transfer them to the state Pension Fund, paid by the servers and the government, which is in surplus.

Source (in portuguese).

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En biología, nació sin una concepción normal (Mateo 1:18-25)
En física, se les niega la ley de la gravedad cuando se camina sobre el agua y ascendió al cielo; (Marcos 6:49-51)
En economía, él refutó la ley de las matemáticas para alimentar a 5.000 personas con sólo cinco panes y dos peces y todavía hacer 12 canastas llenas de sobra. (Mateo 14:17-21)
En medicina, sanó a los enfermos, a los ciegos y sin la administración de una dosis de medicamento.
(Mateo 9:19-22 y Juan 9:1-15)
Se cuenta la historia antes de Él y después, Él es el Principio y el Fin; Fue llamado Admirable, Consejero, Príncipe de la Paz, el Rey de Reyes y Señor de Señores; (Isaías 9:6)
En la Biblia dice que nadie viene al Padre sino por Él; Es la única manera (Juan 14:6).
Así que … ¿Quién es él?
Él es…
El hombre más grande de la historia: JESUS.
No tenía sirvientes, sin embargo, le llamaban Señor.
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Él no tenía ejército, pero los reyes le temían.
No ganó batallas militares, pero conquistó el mundo.
Él no cometió ningún crimen, pero fue crucificado.
Fue enterrado en una tumba, sin embargo, ÉL VIVE!

Me siento honrado de servir a este líder que nos ama.

—  Felipe Heiderich

Brazilian students occupy over 1,000 schools against budget cap plan

Students are on fire in Brazil. Since last year they have found a way to make their voice heard, and are using it across the country. While it’s difficult to offer a precise number, estimates suggest that around 1,000 schools and universities are currently occupied by students in protest of President Temer’s plan to pass a federal spending cap and state educational reforms.

The majority of these protests are occurring in the state of Paraná, where some 850 schools have been occupied, but protests have took place in other 19 states. They began in early October in disapproval of a plan to introduce a reform that could see disciplines such as arts, physical education, and other humanities subjects to not be a required part of school curriculum. These initial protests soon began to also compass the students’ dissatisfaction regarding the spending cap on their demands.

The spending cap plan, which aims to balance the country’s finances, could affect the amount of money invested by the federal government into education for the next 20 years. The Paraná example has been since followed by students in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, where 43 schools have been occupied so far. Students in many other parts of the country are currently discussing if they will join the movement, as well.

The occupation occurs before the second leg of the council elections, which are scheduled to take place next Sunday. Schools are typically used as electoral polling stations and some 700,000 voters in Parana alone should be relocated to cast their ballots somewhere else.

The main incident so far, however, was the murder of a 16-year-old student inside an occupied school under conditions that are still not clear. The lawyers representing the students have declared that the death was the result of a hate campaign against the occupation, although the police have stated that the case seems instead motivated by personal reasons. A 17-year-old has been arrested. The alleged killer and the victim were childhood friends.

Context

Student occupations started in São Paulo in 2015 when some 200 facilities were occupied in protest of Governor Geraldo Alckmin’s plans to shut down some schools and reorganize the entire state-run educational system. After the students received support from the population and visibility in the media, the governor aborted the plan. Later, in March, Rio de Janeiro students followed that example for demanding better conditions. The occupation lasted four months and included 70 schools. Since Monday, two schools in the city of Rio de Janeiro have been occupied once more, this time in protest of Temer’s plan.

Source.

Note from the OP:

Unfortunately the article focused more on the high school reform and didn’t explain very well the budget cap plan. It’s a proposed constitutional ammendment which freezes government spending, making it that they are forbidden to spend more than what they spent last year, plus inflation, for the next 20 years. So if this plan is approved, for the next two decades, there’s not going to be any increase in investment in public services. With a growing population, this is definitely going to reduce investment per capita and affect public education and health, plus scientific research in public universities, and it’s bound to hit the poorer population, who depend on public services, the most.

This ammendment has already been approved in Congress and is going to be soon voted on the Senate.

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