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Clashes break out over fare hike at Rio train station

Friday, February 07, 2014 - 01:18

Feb. 7 - At least seven are injured in Rio de Janeiro, including a video journalist, as a rush-hour protest against train fare hikes dissolves into chaos and clashes. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Chaos in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro Thursday, during the afternoon commute. A protest over a ten cent fare hike erupted into clashes between police and angry riders outside a major train station. At least seven people were injured including this cameraman. Friday morning, the streets were calm but the clashes dominated the headlines. And not everyone sympathized with the protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BUS DRIVER HERNAN DA SILVA MEDEIROS SAYING: "Horrible, horrible. The protesters don't have any direction or someone is giving them directions - directions of anarchy, violence, vagrancy." Others said it's not the fair hike that's at issue. It's the quality of service. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) RIO RESIDENT IVAN CORDEIRO SAYING: "They don't have air conditioning. The trains are shameful and the people think they are very bad. An increase in fare price, very well - but the quality is fundamental." Protests against corruption and bad public service rocked Brazil last June. Just last week, a special police unit was introduced to deal with 'trouble' on the streets. It comes as Brazil prepares to host this year's soccer World Cup.

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Clashes break out over fare hike at Rio train station

Friday, February 07, 2014 - 01:18