Five days after the city of Sao Paulo increased public bus, metro and train tariffs from R$3.80 (US$1.17) to R$4 (US$1.24), members of the Free Pass Movement, MPL, have scheduled a mass protest against the hike starting at 5 p.m. local time. The march will begin at Ramos de Azevedo Square in front of the Municipal Theater in the center of Sao Paulo, nearby City Hall.
“They want us to pay even higher prices for something we should not already be paying and we can't sit back passively as they raise the price again,” read a message on MPL's Facebook page. Close to 9,000 people have signed up to participate in the protest as of last night. The route taken by the demonstrators has yet to be revealed.
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