Police Detain 17 in Sao Paulo Bus Fare Protest

Reuters, 01/13/2016

Military police in Brazil said they had detained 17 people protesting against bus fare hikes in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, acting aggressively to end the demonstrations with tear gas and stun grenades.

Security officials said in a televised news conference they had decided to launch tear gas after protesters from the Free Fare Movement tried to cross a police blockade in the movement’s second demonstration this month.

Brazilians have been angered by the increase in public transport prices, with inflation running at more than 10 percent even as the economy stalls and unemployment rises.

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