Brazilians protest spending cuts
News||15 March 1999|update 12|
Brazilian NGOs, trade unions, students and opposition parties protested outside the World Bank's office in Brasilia against the government's agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Bank's decision to suspend loans to two state governments.
The IMF agreement requires the government to make stringent budget cuts, which have fallen on education, health, social welfare, sanitation and other areas, affecting 61% of the social sector programmes. In particular:
Protesters also criticised the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank for involving themselves in the country's internal politics by suspending disbursements of approved loans for social, environmental and infrastructure projects being implemented in the two states - Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul - which are in conflict with the Federal government over loan repayments.
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