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Brazil demo descends into violence

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 01:21

July 12 - A one-day strike in Brazil ends in violence as police and protesters clash. Paul Chapman reports.

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A largely peaceful one-day strike across Brazil descends into violence on the streets of Rio De Janeiro. The clashes between police and protesters erupted after Thursday's stoppage by tens of thousands trying to push workers' rights to the top of the national agenda. Some protesters said the police response was heavy-handed. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING: "The struggle is about workers, orderly people. There was no need for the police to shoot tear gas in their faces. My wife and I had to flee in the midst of tear gas, pepper spray in our faces even though we didn't participate in anything wrong. We were participating in a peaceful march." The disruption from Thursday's protests throughout Brazil was limited compared to the mass demonstrations witnessed in June. More than a million people took to the streets then in the country's largest demonstrations in two decades. They were triggered by anger over public transport fare rises, demands for better public services and an end to corruption. President Dilma Rousseff's promised reforms and more investment in services as a result but many doubt she can deliver before next year's elections.

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Brazil demo descends into violence

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 01:21