December 13, 2013
Education protest in Brazil turns into riot
Teachers rallied at the Candelaria area in Rio de Janeiro downtown yesterday as part of a protest day to support the strike that started two months ago to demand salary hikes, changes to the public education system and condemn police brutality.
When demonstrators were leaving the protest site, unidentified groups showed up throwing Molotov bombs against the United States Consulate and the Municipal Chamber setting aflame buses and cars. The police fired tear gas at them and 15 protesters were arrested.
Rio de Janeiro has turned into a protest scenario since a wave of riots emerged back in June all across Brazil.
Meanwhile, in San Pablo where university students have been rallying over the past weeks under similar slogans, another protest in support of Rio’s teachers resulted also in violence with 6 people injured, 13 arrested and at least 3 police cars burned as reported by the Globo news channel.