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Brazilian president meets youth reps

on June 29, 2013 10:10 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Friday to open new channels of dialogue with Brazil’s youth, the dominant demographic in nationwide protests that have rocked the country over the past two weeks.

Rousseff and Education Minister Aloizio Mercadante met in the capital city of Brasilia with leaders from 25 youth organizations, including student and labor unions, as well as with gay rights advocates as part of the Brazilian leader’s continuing talks with different interest groups.

No concrete announcements resulted from the talks, which Rousseff’s office cast as the start of a dialogue with the nation’s youth.

Though no follow-up meetings have yet been scheduled, the July 8 launch of a long-planned government website focusing on youth issues will help facilitate continued dialogue, Rousseff’s office said.

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