Teachers and students in the state of Parana in Brazil staged a mass sit-in of the legislative assembly, insisting that the state withdraw spending cuts on education as well as attacks on the labour rights of public service workers, including teachers. Over 8000 people took part in the protest. The teachers have also been on strike over the plans.

Students and teachers ran into the assembly building, defying police who used tear gas and pepper spray to try to prevent them. As a result of the protest the austerity and labour proposals were removed.

This is an important victory in the struggle against even more cuts to education in the country. Last year there were mass protests of students, teachers and others against the billions which were being expended on prestige sports projects like the Olympic Games, while schools are desperately short of resources and teachers are underpaid, with many on temporary contracts.