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Brazil goes on a general strike against labor and pension reforms

Taxis and ride-share apps are offering discounts to help keep Brazil's cities mobile amidst the strike

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Workers across dozens of professions have staged a general strike across Brazil today. Everyone from public and private school teachers to transport workers took to the streets. They are protesting the labor and pension reforms currently up for vote in Congress.

In São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, only one metro line is operating. The transport workers syndicate has not announced any timetable for when the other lines will reopen. Meanwhile, the state government and city Mayor attempted to prevent the strike in court. One state Justice established fines of almost $300,000 to unions participating in the strike. Across the country, taxis and ride-share apps are offering discounts and free rides to help get people around the cities. In Porto Alegre, for example, Mayor Nelson Marchezan signed a partnership with Cabify to give a 15 BRL discount in two rides for municipal workers.

Across the country, taxis and ride-share apps are offering discounts and free rides to help get people around the cities. In Porto Alegre, for example, Mayor Nelson Marchezan signed a partnership with Cabify to give a 15 BRL discount in two rides for municipal workers.

Major roads to the city centers in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have closed off due to the protests. In Santos, the police used gas bombs to unblock a road leading to the country’s main port. Demonstrators threw rocks in retaliation.