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Congressman and former Brazil striker Romario, in a video message: “Keep protesting, keep going to the streets, always peacefully. It’s the only way congressmen will understand that things need to change. Congratulations. More than ever I’m proud to be Brazilian.”

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Brazil defender David Luiz: “Brazilians love their country and that’s why these protests are happening.”

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Brazil striker Fred: “I’m in favor of the protests as long as they are peaceful. I’m very proud to see the people fighting to improve public transportation, health services and so many other things.”

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Brazil striker Hulk: “After seeing the people on the streets demanding improvements, it makes me feel like joining them. They are doing the right thing, what they are saying makes sense and we have to hear them. Brazil needs to improve, we all know that.”

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Ricardo Zuniga, Tales Azzoni and Andrew Dampf contributed to this report from Brazil.