Brazil: Nationwide Trade Union strike gets violent
Apr 29, Rio: Violence has erupted in Brazil at the end the country's first general strike in more than 20 years.Buses and cars have been set on fire in Rio de Janeiro's city centre. Road blocks set up by activists were also ablaze and shops have been vandalised, according to reports.
The Unions had called the strike in protest at proposed pension reforms as the trade unions believe the poorest in Brazil will bear the cost of the changes, which include raising retirement age and reducing benefits.
The government on the other hand, argues that the measures are needed to avoid a collapse of the pension system.President Michel Temer while pouring his regret on the situation he stressed that he would continue his "efforts to modernise the country".Brazilian workers and the government are working together, he said, to get the country out of "the worst recession in its history."
The Oslo Times International News Network