The Brazilian Senate has approved a controversial amendment to the constitution capping public spending for the next 20 years.The approval of the austerity measure is an important victory for President Michel Temer.He took office earlier this year promising to lead the country out of its worst recession in many decades.Protests against the measure turned violent in the capital Brasilia and at least a dozen states in the country.The opposition says the measures will mainly hit areas such as health and education, which are already underfunded.Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets during the Senate session to protest against the austerity plan.After the vote, many demonstrations descended into violence.In Brasilia, masked protesters set fire to a bus and marched on the local offices of Globo TV, which they say is biased towards Mr Temer’s government. But the marchers were blocked by riot police.In Sao Paulo, the headquarters of the state’s conservative Industrial Federation (Fiesp) was attacked.
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