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Brazil youths protest in Rio, Sao Paulo over missing citizen

People demonstrate against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Augt 1, 2013. -- PHO
People demonstrate against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Augt 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A youth holds up a sign that reads in Portuguese "Eduardo Paes, what do you say? Until when?," referring to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, in front of a tunnel blocked during a protest by people pressing for clarifications on missing persons, including
A youth holds up a sign that reads in Portuguese "Eduardo Paes, what do you say? Until when?," referring to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, in front of a tunnel blocked during a protest by people pressing for clarifications on missing persons, including a bricklayer who recently disappeared in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, late Thursday, Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A girl holds a candle during a protest by people pressing for clarifications on missing persons including a bricklayer who recently disappeared, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A girl holds a candle during a protest by people pressing for clarifications on missing persons including a bricklayer who recently disappeared, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People demonstrate in front of police against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on A
People demonstrate in front of police against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Policemen stand guard outside a bank during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown in Sao Paulo,
Policemen stand guard outside a bank during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Protesters prepare to confront the police during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao
Protesters prepare to confront the police during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Military policemen look from the inside of a bank at a man as he takes part in a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro
Military policemen look from the inside of a bank at a man as he takes part in a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A protester is detained during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on
A protester is detained during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People demonstrate against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOT
People demonstrate against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A policeman runs after a protester during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo,
A policeman runs after a protester during a demo against the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing for two weeks after he was picked up by police at Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha shantytown, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People protesting against police repression and the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, block a road near Rocinha, the biggest shantytown in Rio de Janeiro's tourist area, on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People protesting against police repression and the disappearance of 42-year-old construction worker Amarildo de Souza, block a road near Rocinha, the biggest shantytown in Rio de Janeiro's tourist area, on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
People look at demonstrator staging a protest against Sao Paulo's Governor Geraldo Alckmin and in solidarity with Rio de Janeiro's protesters seeking the impeachment of Governor Sergio Cabral accused of corruption and arrogance, in front of the City
People look at demonstrator staging a protest against Sao Paulo's Governor Geraldo Alckmin and in solidarity with Rio de Janeiro's protesters seeking the impeachment of Governor Sergio Cabral accused of corruption and arrogance, in front of the City Council of Sao Paulo, on Aug 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Hundreds of youths marched in Rio and Sao Paulo on Thursday to protest the disappearance of a construction worker who was detained by police two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.

The demonstrators demanded information about the fate of 42-year-old Amarildo de Souza, who was last seen on July 14 when he was picked up by officers in Rio's Rocinha shantytown.

"Where is Amarildo?," chanted 600 youths in the Rocinha favela while 300 others did the same in central Sao Paulo as police kept a close watch.

Protesters in both cities also demanded the resignation of Rio Governor Sergio Cabral and Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, as well as the demilitarisation of the military police.

"We are the first to want to know where he (Amarildo) is," Mr Cabral, who stands accused of corruption and arrogance and has become Brazil's most unpopular governor, told CBN radio.

Authorities have vowed to spare no effort to find Mr de Souza.

In Sao Paulo, the young protesters, carrying banners and flags, marched to the city centre, chanting anti-Alckmin slogans and demanding information about Mr de Souza's fate.

They were followed at a distance by a heavy deployment of military police units.

The Sao Paulo protest was called by the anarchist group Black Bloc.

In June, Brazil was rocked by massive street protests in scores of cities to demand better public services and an end to political corruption.

The turmoil continues on a much smaller scale and now involves more extremist groups in Rio and Sao Paulo who resort to acts of vandalism, triggering violent clashes with police.