Sao Paulo officials reverse subway, bus fare hike

BRADLEY BROOKS
Associated Press
Sao Paulo officials reverse subway, bus fare hike

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian leaders in Sao Paulo say they are reversing a 10-cent hike in bus and subway fares that has sparked widespread protests across the nation.

Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad and Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said at a joint news conference Wednesday that the fare increase is now reversed.

However, it was not clear what impact the action would have on the protests that have broken out in several Brazilian cities.

The protests have evolved into communal outcries that have moved well beyond the original demand that public transportation fares be lowered.

Protests are continuing in Rio's sister city Niteroi and in northeastern Brazil.