Brazilian riot police in a clash with vandals in Sao Paulo
SAO PAULO (AFP) - Brazilian riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse extremist protesters who ransacked bank branches, shops and a car dealership in central Sao Paulo.
A police spokesman told AFP that a total of 20 people were arrested during the clashes, which followed a peaceful march by 300 demonstrators against Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin.
The protest, called on social media by the Black Bloc anarchist group, also demanded the demilitarisation of the state police, who have been accused of using excessive force in previous disturbances.
Riot police fought running battles with a small group of extremists, who, armed with hammers, went on a rampage in the Pinheiros neighborhood, smashing windows in banks, shops and other businesses.