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Rio de Janeiro downtown, The 2013 protests in Brazil ( also known as the V for Vinegar Movement, Salad Revolt, Vinegar Revolt and Brazilian Spring ) are public demonstrations in several Brazilian cities, initiated mainly by the Movimento Passe Livre ( Free Fare Movement ), a local entity that advocates for free public transportation. The demonstrations were initially organized to protest increases in bus, train, and metro ticket prices in some Brazilian cities, but came to include other subjects such as corruption, bad social services, mainly health and education as well as police brutality used against some demonstrators. Social media has played an important role in the organization of public outcries and in keeping protesters in touch with one another.