Police Fire Stun Grenades at Rio de Janeiro Anti-Austerity Protests

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017119 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Police clashed with anti-austerity protesters in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, December 6, as state legislators voted on budget cuts.

Protesters rallied out the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly during the debate. Demonstrators were mainly public servants some of whom have not been paid for months, according to <a href="http://g1.globo.com/rio-de-janeiro/noticia/pezao-diz-que-minoria-tentou-fazer-baderna-em-manifestacoes-no-rio.ghtml" target="_blank">local media</a>.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray and officers were photographed firing stun grenades from the window of a nearby church, triggering complaints from the the Rio diocese, who dubbed the police action an “invasion,” <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38231380" target="_blank">the <span class="caps">BBC</span></a> reported. Dozens of people were injured in Tuesday’s <a href="http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/imediacoes-da-alerj-viram-praca-de-guerra-durante-protesto-20597332" target="_blank">protest</a> and nine arrests were made.

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