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1 Million Brazilians Gather to Protest

June 21, 2013

Police and protesters fought in the streets into the early hours today as an estimated one million Brazilians swarmed through more than 80 towns and cities.

These are the biggest demonstrations yet against a government viewed as corrupt at all levels and unresponsive to its people.

At least one protester was killed in Sao Paulo state when a car rammed into a crowd of demonstrators, after the driver apparently became enraged about being unable to drive along a street.

In Rio de Janeiro, where an estimated 300,000 demonstrators poured into the seaside city's central area, running clashes played out between riot police and clusters of mostly young men with T- shirts wrapped around their faces.

Peaceful protesters were caught up in the fray as police fired tear gas canisters into their midst and at times indiscriminately used pepper spray.

Thundering booms echoed off stately colonial buildings as rubber bullets and gas were fired at fleeing crowds, and at least 40 people were injured.

In Brasilia, the national capital, police struggled to keep hundreds of protesters from invading the Foreign Ministry.

Other government buildings were attacked around the city's central esplanade, where police used tear gas and rubber bullets.

Clashes were also reported in the Amazon jungle city of Belem, Porto Alegre in the south, the university town Campinas and the city of Salvador.

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Source: Copyright Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)

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