Voices from within Brazil's protests

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By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Some comments by Brazilians participating in protests across South America's biggest country:

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"Corruption is the greatest problem In Brazil. All that money that went into the World Cup is a Matterhorn for the police to look into. If people were more educated we wouldn't have so many corrupt people in power." - Caroline Moura, 23, business administrator at a protest in Brasilia.

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"We are struggling for the rights of indigenous people, which are being trampled on. Brazil has now awoken but it was the indigenous people who were the first to awake when we began a movement for our rights to land." - Sonia Guajajara, 38, community leader from the northern state of Maranhao, protesting in Brasilia.

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"I am protesting for justice, for a better health care system and for the morality of Brazil." - Marcia Carneiro da Silva, 56, office administrator, attending protest in Sao Paulo.

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"I am protesting because this movement is planting the seed of hope in the hearts of Brazilians, that we can clean up our government." - Caique Marcatt, 27, business student protesting in Sao Paulo.

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"This is the time to change so much that is wrong in Brazil and it's young people who are leading the way. I see a sign of hope in this movement." - Lorena Dias, 15, student, from Brasilia, carrying a sign reading "I don't ride the bus but I want respect" referring to the original protests over rising bus fare.

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