Brazil has hit the news as a very troubled spot in the world today amidst a chaotic teachers' strike. The Telegraph reported on Oct. 8, 2013, "Brazil teachers' march turns violent." On Monday violence permeated protests in Brazil as thousands marched in Rio de Janeiro to show support for teachers seeking pay rises.
Masked anarchists turned to violence during the protests in Rio de Janeiro as they set fires and broke into buildings. After 20,000 people gathered for a march in support of the striking teachers, clashes broke out in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Chaos literally broke out once the protesters reached city hall. In order to disperse the crowds the police responded with tear gas.
The Daily Beast has reported, "Brazil’s Teacher Strike Turns Violent." A small group of the Brazilian protesters threw fireworks, grenades, and tear gas as they set fire to a barricade of trash near a public building, where legislation was recently passed which changed public teacher's pay and working hours. The protesting Brazilian teachers want better pay and an overhaul of the country’s educational system. This kind of protest must be particularly troubling for the students in Brazil.