Demonstrators in Sao Paulo shout slogans on Tuesday against President Bolsonaro’s budget cuts [Andre Penner/AP]

Thousands of students and teachers have protested across Brazil against President Jair Bolsonaro‘s federal cuts in education spending.

Union leaders called for a strike on Tuesday in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education and plans to open federal universities to private investment.

The government said it is implementing the cuts across the board and in an equal way.

In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, hundreds of protesters took to the streets denouncing the cutbacks.

Demonstrators carried banners reading, “Bolsonaro, enemy of education” and chanting, “Come, come to the street against the cuts.”

“Education is the future of our country so

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