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Protests break out in Brazil

Published on Mar 23, 2014 6:31 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Demonstrators from both ends of Brazil's political spectrum clashed briefly on Saturday in Rio, where leftists came to blows with a group commemorating 50 years since the military coup.

More than 2,000 people meanwhile demonstrated in Sao Paulo, sending out a message to President Dilma Rousseff which read, "Dilma, listen, there will be fighting at the (World) Cup", and there were smaller protests in various other Brazilian cities.

Right-wing elements in Rio had called for a reenactment of a 1964 "March of Families for God and Freedom", which came just days before a military coup that lasted until democracy's restitution in 1985.

Leftist groups promptly arranged a counter-demonstration and, despite a heavy police presence, several people broke through police lines and clashed in the city center.

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