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Brazil leader speaks after days of anger

Vows to address protest demands

BRASILIA, Brazil — President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil ended her near-silence about more than a week of massive, violent protests, saying in a primetime TV broadcast Friday that peaceful demonstrations were part of a strong democracy but that violence could not be tolerated. She promised to make improvements to public services, but said it could not be done overnight.

Rousseff said she will soon hold a meeting with leaders of the protest movement, governors, and the mayors of major cities. But it remained unclear exactly who could represent the massive and decentralized groups of demonstrators taking to the streets, venting anger against woeful public services despite a high tax burden.

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