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Rio mayor to fine himself for dropping trash

Published on Mar 8, 2014 1:00 AM
 
Rio's mayor and C40 chairman Eduardo Paes takes part in a debate on the first day of the C40 Cities climate summit in Johannesburg on Feb 5, 2014. Mr Paes said he would fine himself after being caught on video appearing to be dropping trash in the street. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes said he would fine himself after being caught on video appearing to be dropping trash in the street.

Mr Paes, who put in place a tough "zero litter" policy last year, said he did not remember the incident but apologized anyway and said he would pay a 157 reai fine (S$85).

The video, which appeared to show him throwing a piece of fruit to the ground, surfaced on social media amid a strike by Rio street cleaners.

Mr Paes' press office questioned whether the video really showed him throwing fruit on the ground. "Nonetheless, in case of doubt and given the mayor has no recollection of what happened, he has determined that the municipal cleaning company (Comlurb) should fine him," Mr Paes' media service said.

 
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