Civil servants, police clash in Brazil’s Rio over austerity plans
A crowd of mainly civil servant workers marched on Rio de Janeiro’s state legislature, throwing homemade grenades at the assembly building, where lawmakers were preparing to vote on new austerity measures.
according to rapporteur report from presstv, link ,Police used rubber bullets, smoke and flash grenades, and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
The clashes lasted for nearly five hours in several blocks around the legislature. Witnesses said that, at one point during the scuffles, police officers entered a church to fire at protesters.
“Police entered the church and shot at people, and they also entered a parking lot and are throwing bombs at us from the roof,” said Evaristo Santos, a protester.
Another protester alleged that police forces were shooting at people “indiscriminately.”