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Brazil's Teachers Strike Continues in Rio

October 1, 2013

Police presence has been beefed up in downtown Rio de Janeiro following clashes between officers and striking Brazilian school teachers.

Teachers were gathering outside the City Council Tuesday ahead of a possible vote on the mayor's salary proposal.

The tense negotiations between the teachers and the city have been marred by teachers' takeovers of government buildings and crackdowns by police.

Late Sunday, officers fired tear gas and detonated percussion grenades at a protest that brought out an estimated 5,000 teachers and their supporters to downtown Rio. The G1 internet portal of the Globo television network reported eight people were detained and some 15 injured in Sunday's melee.

The teachers' strike entered its 46th day Tuesday. They're demanding better pay.

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Original headline: Brazil: Striking teachers gather in downtown Rio

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