Conflict & Justice

As Protests Continue in Brazil, One Student Leader Explains What's Going On

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Peaceful demonstrators try to hold back protesters ready for riots during a demonstration outside the stadium ahead of the Confederations Cup semi-final soccer match between Spain and Italy, in Fortaleza June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST) - RTX113Q9

Thousands of protesters took to the streets Thursday in Fortaleza, one of the Brazilian cities that will host next year's soccer World Cup. The protesters are angry about the government paying billions of dollars in preparation for the World Cup, while underfunded agencies deliver poor basic services to the public.

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Many other issues, including police brutality and government corruption have been raised by the protests over the past two weeks, but the demonstrators have struggled to narrow down their demands and goals.

Producer Catherine Osborn spoke to one of the protesters in Rio, 17-year-old student Gabriela Machado, who shares her thoughts on what's going on in Brazil.

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