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Brazil: Violence grips Rio as anti-austerity protesters clash with police01:53

Brazil: Violence grips Rio as anti-austerity protesters clash with police

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
March 16, 2017 at 03:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Riot police clashed with anti-government protesters who took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, to denounce social welfare reforms that are being implemented by President Michel Temer's government.

Rioters were seen throwing rocks, lighting flares and setting dumpsters on fire, to which police officers responded by firing canisters of tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

As part of his government's austerity measures, Temer is proposing to increase the retirement age from 65 to 70, which would make Brazil the country with the oldest retirement age in the world.

The president is also vowing to reduce retirement and social welfare benefits while raising social security contributions for civil servants.

According to government figures, up to 40% of the country's primary spending goes towards social security expenditures.

Brazil: Violence grips Rio as anti-austerity protesters clash with police01:53
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Riot police clashed with anti-government protesters who took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, to denounce social welfare reforms that are being implemented by President Michel Temer's government.

Rioters were seen throwing rocks, lighting flares and setting dumpsters on fire, to which police officers responded by firing canisters of tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd.

As part of his government's austerity measures, Temer is proposing to increase the retirement age from 65 to 70, which would make Brazil the country with the oldest retirement age in the world.

The president is also vowing to reduce retirement and social welfare benefits while raising social security contributions for civil servants.

According to government figures, up to 40% of the country's primary spending goes towards social security expenditures.

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