Βραζιλία: Ταραχές, λεηλασίες στο Sao Paulo, εισβολή σε κυβερνητικό κτίριο στο Ρίο

Policemen clash with anti-government demonstrators as they try to occupy the Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Chamber

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Brazilian riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse extremist protesters who ransacked bank branches, shops and a car dealership in central Sao Paulo. A police spokesman told AFP that a total of 20 people were arrested during the clashes, which followed a peaceful march by 300 demonstrators against Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin. The protest, called on social media by the Black Bloc anarchist group, also demanded the demilitarization of the state police, who have been accused of using excessive force in previous disturbances.

Riot police fought running battles with a small group of extremists, who, armed with hammers, went on a rampage in the Pinheiros neighborhood, smashing windows in banks, shops and other businesses. The police hurled tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against the vandals, some of them masked, who set fire to piles of trash and sprayed graffiti on walls and buildings. There was no official word on casualties, but an AFP photographer saw one demonstrator injured by flying glass.

Police, who earlier warned that they would use force to stop “criminal acts,” tightened security to prevent the bulk of the demonstrators from reaching the city’s main Avenue Paulista, where 50 demonstrators chanted anti-Alckmin slogans. “We want Alckmin to go. He is a corrupt capitalist,” said 25-year-old Orlando Azevedo. Various police units were deployed on the Avenue Paulista, Sao Paulo’s financial heart, where last Friday some 300 extremists wrecked around 10 banks and set fire to a television news van.

και για το Ρίο:

Demonstrators have managed to enter a council building in Rio de Janeiro during clashes in the Brazilian city. About 50 out of 700 people accessed the building through a side door as they protested against state governor Sergio Cabral. The demonstrators, who accuse Mr Cabral of corruption and are calling for his impeachment, were moved off by police using tear gas and pepper spray. More protests are planned with one set for the biggest shanty town in Rio’s tourist area, Rocinha, where 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza has been missing for two weeks since he was allegedly picked up by police. “Where is Amarildo?” is a chant that observers say is often heard. Last month, more than one million Brazilians took the streets across the country to demand better public services and an end to endemic corruption.