Thousands protest in Rio against education budget cuts

Fernando Haddad, who ran in the last presidential race backed by the Workers' Party, left, reads a sign held by a girl that reads "The book is our shield and gun of our intelligence," during a protest against cuts in Brazil's public education sector at Cinelandia square, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)
A supporter of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wears a head band that reads "Free Lula" during a protest against cuts in Brazil's public education sector at Cinelandia square, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 10, 2019. In recent weeks, Brazil's Education Ministry has unveiled a series of budget cuts impacting all sectors of education from early childhood to post-graduate students. Universities were hit by 30% cut of their discretionary expenses and future scholarships for masters and PhD students were suspended. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)
Students and teachers protest against cuts in Brazil's public education sector at Cinelandia square, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 10, 2019. In recent weeks, Brazil's Education Ministry has unveiled a series of budget cuts impacting all sectors of education from early childhood to post-graduate students. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)
Fernando Haddad, who ran in the last presidential race backed by the Workers' Party, right, greets supporters during a protest against cuts in Brazil's public education sector at Cinelandia square, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 10, 2019. Students and teachers gathered in the city's center Friday, taking a stand against the administration of fair-right President Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Ricardo Borges)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Thousands of people are gathering in Rio de Janeiro to protest against budget cuts to Brazil's public education sector.

Students and teachers gathered in the city's center Friday to oppose the measures imposed by the administration of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

In recent weeks, the Education Ministry has unveiled a series of cuts impacting all sectors of education from early childhood to post-graduate students.

Universities were hit by a 30% cut to their discretionary expenses and future scholarships for masters and PhD students were suspended.

Protesters were joined by Fernando Haddad, who ran in the last presidential race backed by the Workers' Party.

Haddad was expected to speak at the event later Friday. Since his defeat, the former presidential candidate has rarely been seen participating in protests.

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