Rio de Janeiro: Black Bloc Anarchists Hijack Teachers Protest


Umberto Bacchi
International Business Times
Oct. 8, 2013

A protest in support of striking teachers has turned violent in Rio de Janeiro, as a group of anarchists threw firebombs at public buildings sparking clashes with riot police.

More than 10,000 people marched peacefully through Rio’s city centre to back schoolteachers who have been on strike for weeks demanding better wages.

As night fell however, a few dozen anti-establishment “black bloc” anarchists violently hijacked the demonstration.

Their faces covered by scarfs and masks, the rioters smashed a gate of the City Hall, torched a bus and broke into banks, trying to open and set alight cashpoints in Rio’s central business district.

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