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Violent Protests in Rio as Lawmakers Discuss Austerity Bill

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Rio de Janeiro’s Legislative Assembly House (Alerj) on Wednesday, November 16th, to pressure legislators to reject the governor's latest financial project for the city. The protest, which began peacefully, grew restless, with demonstrators trying to storm the building. Police officers tried to push them back using teargas and pepper spray as tension grew.

Rio Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão asked demonstrators to bring ideas and not violence to state legislators. “I ask that these people who are going there with violence, to bring . . .

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