Brazil head says ready for talks with protesters

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has ended her near-silence about days of massive,violent protests,saying peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy but that violence could not be tolerated.

Written by Associated Press | Brasilia | Published: June 22, 2013 2:11 am

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has ended her near-silence about days of massive,violent protests,saying peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy but that violence could not be tolerated. She promised to improve public services and hold a dialogue with protest leaders.

But it remained unclear exactly who could represent the massive and decentralised groups of demonstrators taking to the streets,venting anger against woeful public services despite a high tax burden.

“I’m going to meet with the leaders of the peaceful protests,I want institutions that are more transparent,more resistant to wrongdoing,” Rousseff said Friday in reference to perceptions of deep corruption in Brazilian politics,which is emerging as a focal point of the protests.

Though offering no details,Rousseff said her government would create a national plan for public transportation in cities — a hike in bus and subway fares in many cities was the original complaint of the protests.

She also reiterated her backing for a plan before congress to invest all oil revenue royalties in education and a promise she made earlier to bring in foreign doctors to areas that lack physicians.

The leader,a former Marxist rebel who fought against Brazil’s 1964-1985 military regime and was imprisoned for three years and tortured by the junta,pointedly referred to earlier sacrifices made to free the nation from dictatorship.

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