Police clash with teachers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Police in Rio de Janeiro fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and set off percussion grenades to disperse striking teachers gathered in the central district to demand better pay. Tuesday was the 46th days of teachers' demonstrations, however, the peaceful rally became violent when police resorted to forceful means to disperse the crowd.

Travellers should be aware that anti-government protests have been common since June 2013. The police force in Rio has been criticised for violent responses to protesters. Although the head of the military police was replaced, the accusations of police brutality against protesters have not ended. If travelling in Brazil, avoid areas where there are public gatherings or protests as these situations have turned from peaceful protests into violent situations quickly.

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