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Rioting and clashes with police in Sao Paulo and Rio to complain transport fares

Monday, January 11th 2016 - 14:09 UTC
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Protesters smashed the windows of buses and vandalized bank agencies. They also threw rocks and bottles at the police, who responded with tear gas Protesters smashed the windows of buses and vandalized bank agencies. They also threw rocks and bottles at the police, who responded with tear gas

Brazilian riot police on Saturday evening fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a violent protest against a rise in public transport fares in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo. Television images showed small groups of rock-throwing, masked youths clashing with police in the centre of the metropolis, amid burning piles of rubbish.

 Protesters smashed the windows of buses and vandalized bank agencies. They also threw rocks and bottles at the police, who responded with tear gas to disperse the crowds.

A number of police officers were injured, but no official figures were released by press time.

Many Sao Paulo residents have been angered by the increase in public transport prices, with inflation in Brazil already running at more than 10%.

Besides more than 1.5 million Brazilians lost their jobs last year, as Latin America’s largest economy edged deeper into its worst recession in more than 25 years.

The march gathered thousands in Sao Paulo’s downtown area and quickly turned violent when masked youths threw rocks at police. There was no immediate information about arrests or injuries.

Police also clashed with protesters in the city of Rio de Janeiro later on Saturday. Television images showed masked protestors spray painting buses and smashing their windows. There were also reports of protest in the city of Belo Horizonte.

The scenes evoked protests that swept Brazil in 2013, sparked by anger over bus fare increases, that brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets.

The demonstrations come as President Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity has been crushed by the recession and a sweeping anti-corruption investigation that has ensnared her ruling coalition, faces impeachment proceedings in Congress.

Some political analysts say the mood on the streets toward her government could play an important role in determining the outcome of the impeachment process.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • Briton

    ,complain transport fares,
    et they destroy and damage busses trains and other forms of transport and public infrastructure,

    and then wonder why fares are up.

    what ever happened to walking...

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 02:27 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    About a normal Saturday at Sao Paulo by the look of it!

    Coming soon to everywhere else in the crooks paradise.

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 05:39 pm 0
  • yankeeboy

    People are on edge..
    Marxists/Commies don't give up free $ without bloodshed

    Who in the world would go there during the Olympics?

    Jan 11th, 2016 - 06:17 pm 0
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