Tube station punchbags relieve passengers' stress

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A Brazilian artist has opened an exhibition of punchbags in a Sao Paulo tube station so commuters can relieve their frustrations.

Passengers are encouraged to hit the punchbags, which Joao Roberto Vieira has installed at the Santa Cecilia station.

Mr Vieira told Jornal da Tarde newspaper: "The idea is to make people focus on their anger and think about violence."

Commuter Orisvaldo Pereira said: "I punched one to get relief from the unemployment rate, the lack of beds in hospitals and corruption."

Some people who have tried the punchbags are now calling on the government should install them across the city.

Evandro Rodrigues said: "It was great to punch the bag, I feel lighter. If the city had more of them maybe the violence would drop."
 
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