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Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest

Thousands of people have taken part in a teachers protest to demand better working conditions and against police beating, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The peaceful marches later turned violent as masked activists set fire to rubbish outside City Hall and destroyed buildings, ATMs and other property. Strong tactics by the police increased the tension as demonstrators engaged in pitch battles official forces.

Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
Thousands of people take part in a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
General view of a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
A woman holds a sign during a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
Demonstrators hold signs during a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
A group of demonstrators clash with policemen during a teachers' protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 7, 2013. Brazil has seen street protests directed towards the country's ruling elite since June, in demand of better public services and an end to political corruption. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
Demonstrators stand atop a monument during a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
Masked demonstrators burn trash outside the City Hall, following a peaceful teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil’s teachers stage huge protest
Masked demonstrators try to destroy a gate of the City Hall following a peaceful teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, on October 7, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/Getty Images)