Raw: Anti-government Protests Grip Brazil

|
News,World

More than a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 cities Thursday in a wave of anti-government demonstrations. Protesters are demanding better public services and an end to corruption. (June 21)

SHOTLIST:

AP Television - AP Clients Only

1. Wide of demonstrators throwing stones and firecrackers toward riot police

2. Tracking shot of three demonstrators, taking shelter behind a wooden board, walking towards riot police, one of the demonstrators throws a firecracker

3. Wide of protester kicking tear gas canister

4. Wide of riot police shooting tear gas towards demonstrators

5. Various of riot police shooting tear gas as they walk in formation

6. Mid of riot police officers shooting

7. Wide of burning debris in a street

8. Mid of bin on fire

9. Wide of riot police advancing toward demonstrators and firing tear gas

STORYLINE:

More than a million Brazilians poured into the streets of at least 80 cities Thursday in this week's largest anti-government demonstrations yet, protests that saw violent clashes break out in several cities as people demanding improved public services and an end to corruption faced tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets.

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

In Rio de Janeiro, where an estimated 300,000 demonstrators swarmed into the seaside city's central area, running clashes played out between riot police and clusters of mostly young men, their T-shirts wrapped around their faces. But several peaceful protesters were up in the crackdown, too, 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 the gas were fired at fleeing crowds.

At least 40 people were injured in Rio.

By Thursday evening, the number of protesters had swelled to 1 million, according local police estimates from cities across Brazil.

In Brasilia, police struggled to keep hundreds of protesters from invading the Foreign Ministry, outside of which protesters lit a small fire. Other government buildings were attacked around the capital's central esplanade. There, too, police resorted to tear gas and rubber bullets in attempts to scatter the crowds.

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

The unrest is hitting the nation as it hosts the Confederations Cup football tournament with tens of thousands of foreign visitors in attendance. It also comes one month before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the nation, and ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, raising concerns about how Brazilian officials will provide security.

(****END****)

View article comments Leave a comment