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Brazil: Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Rio de Janeiro02:23

Brazil: Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
February 9, 2017 at 23:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Military police fired tear gas against protesters in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, after a protest over austerity measures introduced by the government turned violent.

The protest, which started outside the state legislator, escalated as masked protesters proceeded to throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police personnel as well as vandalise properties in the area. Military police squad responded with tear gas and stun grenades as well as use of pepper spray.

Brazil's federal government has been encouraging highly indebted states like Rio de Janeiro to raise money by selling state assets whilst voting through austerity measures. Sao Paulo is another state currently considering the selling of public assets such as parks, bus terminals and cemeteries.

Brazil: Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Rio de Janeiro02:23
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Military police fired tear gas against protesters in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, after a protest over austerity measures introduced by the government turned violent.

The protest, which started outside the state legislator, escalated as masked protesters proceeded to throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police personnel as well as vandalise properties in the area. Military police squad responded with tear gas and stun grenades as well as use of pepper spray.

Brazil's federal government has been encouraging highly indebted states like Rio de Janeiro to raise money by selling state assets whilst voting through austerity measures. Sao Paulo is another state currently considering the selling of public assets such as parks, bus terminals and cemeteries.

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