WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Protesters took to the streets of Sao Paolo last week over proposals to increase transportation fees on public transport. The protests became violent with people angry over the rising costs in the face of the country’s growing economic troubles. Several cities and towns have also announced major cuts in their upcoming Carnival celebrations, an important cultural tradition. The cuts not only impact the size of planned events but all the businesses that supply things like costumes and other Carnival related items. We’ll take a look at how the slowdown is impacting Brazilians with Marcelo Jarmendia, the founder and director of Brazil in Chicago. He’s currently in Sao Paolo. Guest: Marcelo Jarmendia is the founder and director of Brazil in Chicago.