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Brazil bus strike loses strength in Rio de Janeiro

May 14, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The trade association representing Rio de Janeiro’s bus companies says the 48-hour strike by bus drivers appears to be losing some of its force as it enters its second day.

The strike for higher pay has renewed concerns about public services and safety in Rio and the other Brazilian cities that will host World Cup games that begin in less than a month.

Rio Onibus press officer Alexandre Almeida says Wednesday that “more buses are circulating today than yesterday but the strike continues causing heavy traffic.”

He says 30 percent of the city’s nearly 9,000 buses were circulating on Wednesday, compared to 16 percent on Tuesday. Nearly 1.9 million people use these buses every day to get to and from work.

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