More than a million Brazilians took to the streets of at least 80 Brazilian towns and cities in demonstrations that saw violent clashes and renewed calls for an end to government corruption and demands for better public services.

Riot police battled protesters in at least five cities, with some of the most intense clashes in Rio de Janeiro, where an estimated 300,000 demonstrators swarmed into the city’s central area.

Television images showed police firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into crowds of young men, their faces wrapped in T-shirts. Other demonstrators were shown detained lying on pavements.

 
Revolution: A football shirt-clad protester waves the Brazilian flag through clouds of smoke and teargas during violent clashes between protesters and police in Rio de Janeiro last night

Revolution: A football shirt-clad protester waves the Brazilian flag through clouds of smoke and teargas during violent clashes between protesters and police in Rio de Janeiro last night.

An 18-year-old man was killed in Sao Paolo state after a car drove through barricades.

The country’s president Dilma Rousseff called off a visit to Japan to deal with the crisis.

Official estimates suggest that there were more than a million protesters out across the country in total.

In Brasilia, police struggled to keep hundreds of protesters from invading the Foreign Ministry as protesters lit a small fire outside.

Other government buildings were attacked around the capital’s central esplanade, and police resorted to tear gas and rubber bullets in attempts to scatter the crowds.

Clashes were also reported in the Amazon jungle city of Belem, in Porto Alegre in the south, in the university town Campinas, north of Sao Paulo, and in the north-eastern city of Salvador.

 
Carnage: More than a million people are said to have taken to the streets of Brazil last night in the most violent set of anti government protests to hit the country yet

Carnage: More than a million people are said to have taken to the streets of Brazil last night in the most violent set of anti government protests to hit the country yet

 

 
Trying to keep calm: Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of protestors as trouble flared in more than 80 towns and cities

Trying to keep calm: Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of protestors as trouble flared in more than 80 towns and cities

 

 
Damage: Brazilian riot policemen remove a vandalized traffic light in order to advance during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio de Janeiro last night

Damage: Brazilian riot policemen remove a vandalized traffic light in order to advance during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio de Janeiro last night

 
Burning bright: A protester holds a flag next to a fire during a protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia

Burning bright: A protester holds a flag next to a fire during a protest in front of the National Congress in Brasilia

The protests took place a week after a violent police crackdown on a much smaller protests in Sao Paulo galvanised Brazilians to take to the streets.

The unrest is hitting the nation as it hosts the Confederations Cup football tournament with tens of thousands of foreign visitors in attendance.

It also comes a month before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the nation, and ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, raising concerns about how Brazilian officials will provide security.

In Salvador, police shot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to disperse a small crowd of protesters trying to break through a police barrier blocking one of the city’s streets.

 
Attack: Military police approach protestors trying to invade the Foreign Ministry, during an anti-government protest in Brasilia

Attack: Military police approach protestors trying to invade the Foreign Ministry, during an anti-government protest in Brasilia

 

 
Mass protest: Demonstrators gather during a protest to demand better public services, in Rio de Janeiro

Mass protest: Demonstrators gather during a protest to demand better public services, in Rio de Janeiro

 

 
Taking action: Brazilian riot policemen shoot tear gas during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio

Taking action: Brazilian riot policemen shoot tear gas during riots following a demonstration joined by hundreds of thousands in Rio

 
Trouble: A protestor tries to hit riot policemen with a stick during violent clashes last night

Trouble: A protestor tries to hit riot policemen with a stick during violent clashes last night

 
Countrywide civil unrest: Riot police aim their weapons at demonstrators during an anti-government protest in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil

Countrywide civil unrest: Riot police aim their weapons at demonstrators during an anti-government protest in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil

 

 
Caught: Police detain a protestor during clashes between both sides following trouble in Rio

Caught: Police detain a protestor during clashes between both sides following trouble in Rio

One woman was injured in her foot. Elsewhere in Salvador 5,000 protesters gathered in Campo Grand Square.

Despite the energy on the street, many protesters said they were unsure how the movement would win real political concessions.

People in the protests have held up signs asking for everything from education reforms to free bus fares while denouncing the billions of public pounds spent on stadiums in advance of the World Cup and the Olympics.

 

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