BRAZIL: Razor Edge

Brazilians, feeling the razor edge of hunger, belied their easygoing natures. Last week swirling inflation, caused by war's dislocations and Government ineptitude, spawned violence. Riot ruled Rio de Janeiro as angry mobs wrecked shops of profiteering merchants, smashed fancy movie theaters and battled police. Congress roared; at least one newspaper shouted for a strong man. This week martial law was declared and soldiers, guns in hand, patrolled the streets.

What lay behind all this TIME Correspondent Donald Newton told in a report from Rio on Brazil's life and hard times:

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