brasil education freeze first biggest protests yet against full Sun RO government tens of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across brazil on wednesday to rally against education spending freezes in the biggest demonstrations yet against president jarba son ro who called marchers useful idiots and imbeciles Brazil's National Student Union called for protests against what it called spending cuts after the Education Ministry said it was freezing nearly a quarter of discretionary spending due to the government's precarious fiscal situation the March is in over 200 cities according to account by the Globo TV network mark the first national protests against the administration of the far-right volson RO whose poll numbers are falling as he struggles with a weak economy rising unemployment and unruly coalition in Congress and infighting within his cabinet speaking in Dallas Texas where he travelled to attend a gala dinner while Sonora denied his government had cut education budgets and cast the protests as a partisan spectacle they are useful idiots imbeciles who are being used as the maneuvering mass of a clever little minority who make up the nucleus of many federal universities in Brazil he said a peaceful rally of thousands in central Rio de Janeiro turned violent as the protest was ending with unknown assailants setting a bus ablaze and shooting fireworks at police who responded with tear gas to break a crowd up there was no word on any injuries in the capital Brasilia some 7,000 students and university professors marched to Congress carrying signs against the cuts one said education is not an expense it is an investment another read without investment there is no knowledge our message to bolson ro is that society will not accept these cuts of 30% said martyr luis antonio pisghetti head of the national university of brazilians teacher union there was no official nationwide crowd estimate available but the protests were likely the largest such gathering since the 2016 impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff the importance is to show that civil society is organized against these cuts said Rodrigo Tony Otto 22 in sau Paulo together we are going to say no to the bosun ro government to say no to the mess that this government is called to explain the cuts to lawmakers in Congress Education Minister Abraham Weintraub blamed the situation on the legacy of the previous government while defending a shift away from spending on universities to favor elementary schools the priority is preschool elementary school and technical school he said a scientific-technical number based efficient and managerial approach is vital to save this country from the economic stagnation of the last 20 years that we are living thanks for watching hit that like button and do subscribe to get notified on upcoming videos you