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Clashes break out over fare hike at Rio train station

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 - 00:43

Feb. 7 - Clashes erupt in Brazil at one of Rio de Janeiro's main train stations as hundreds protest a ten cent fare hike. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes erupted at one of Rio de Janeiro's main train stations on Thursday (Feb 6) as hundreds protested a ten cent fare hike. The incident occurred during commuter hour, scattering would-be passengers as police fired tear gas and protesters hurled stones, petrol bombs and firecrackers. At least seven people were injured and 20 arrested, according to O Globo newspaper. An unidentified cameraman from the Brazilian television station, TV Bandeirantes, was rushed to the hospital after suffering a head injury during the riot. Video released by TV Bandeirantes showed him falling over as an unidentified object exploded next to him. According to the BBC, the cameraman is in serious condition. Police gained control of the situation and the streets were quiet on Friday morning, but news of the chaos dominated local headlines. Last June, Brazil was rocked by an outburst of protests during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament as demonstrators took to the streets against corrupt government, high taxes and bad public service. The demonstrations dragged on for weeks, but lost momentum when they deteriorated into clashes between police and anarchic youths. Just last week, Brazil introduced a special police unit aimed at thwarting any trouble on the streets during this year's World Cup.

Clashes break out over fare hike at Rio train station

Friday, Feb 07, 2014 - 00:43

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