Rio transport protest ends in violence

Feb 07, 2014, 12:39 AM EST
A member of the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) clashes with demonstrators who entered the train's Central Station in Rio de Janeiro, during a protest against a hike on bus fare, on February 6, 2014.
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Hundreds of people in Brazil have clashed with police during a protest against increased fares for public transport. Commuters were caught up in the violence at Rio de Janeiro's Central Station during rush hour. Riot police fired tear gas and tried to disperse the crowd, while activists hurled stones and petrol bombs. A cameraman is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a head injury.

 

Background:

Rio fare protesters seize main station and let commuters travel free [The Guardian]

Rio protest over transport fare rise ends in violence [BBC]

Rio bus fare protest turns violent [WSJ]

 

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