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Nationwide strike hobbles Brazil

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 01:16

A nationwide strike is underway in Brazil, where protesters are fighting against the president's austerity measures. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Brazilian police clashed with protesters throughout the country on Friday, as a nationwide strike disrupted public transportation and closed schools, factories and banks. The 24-hour strike targeted President Michel Temer's austerity measures. His proposed reforms would set a minimum age for retirement and reduce payouts. Many workers currently retire with full benefits in their 50s. In Rio de Janeiro, strikers brought the airport to a standstill, forcing major delays. Union workers say they're also fighting a bill that would weaken labor laws by relaxing restrictions on outsourcing and temporary contracts. The government argues the reforms are needed to pull Brazil out of its worst recession on record. Brazil also faces a swelling budget deficit, record unemployment, and an economy in need of modernization. Elsewhere in Rio, protesters blocked major highways and bridges. In Santos, police and protesters played cat-and-mouse... with officers firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks. Local media reported that the strikes hit all but one of Brazil's 26 states.

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Nationwide strike hobbles Brazil

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 01:16