Students clash with police during a protest in Sao Paulo Brazil on January 12, 2016. ©AFP
Clashes have broken out between Brazilian police and a large number of students protesting against government-proposed reforms to the public education system in the city of Sao Paulo.
On Thursday, several hundreds of students took to the streets of Sao Paulo in southern Brazil to express their opposition to the reform plans.
Graffiti could be seen on the walls against interim President Michel Temer as angry students marched along Avenida Consolacao district in the central part of the city.
The rally turned violent as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.
Local media reports said that a minor was arrested at the protest rally.
Under the proposals put forward by Geraldo Alckmin, the governor of the state of Sao Paulo, 94 public schools will be closed and over 300,000 students will be relocated in a bid to save money, while vacated educational institutions will be used for other purposes or sold off.
Academics, however, argue that the plans, which are aimed at reorganizing the educational system in Brazil’s most populous state with over 44 million inhabitants, will only worsen the problem of overcrowding in public schools.
Since the beginning of November, when the measures were introduced, Brazilian students have been holding sit-ins and demonstrations at schools, with some of them turning violent.
In recent weeks, Brazilian demonstrators across several cities have held protest rallies to vent their anger at political upheaval, corruption and overspending on the Rio 2016 Olympics.