Photo: Brazilian police
Brazilian police used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets to break up a demonstration in downtown Sao Paulo protesting the arrests of two activists last week.
The protest staged Tuesday evening on Praça Roosevelt drew about 300 people, according to police, and the situation began to get out of hand when two attorneys representing the activists went to speak with authorities and wound up being arrested.
The police press office confirmed the arrests to Efe but refused to provide details on the reasons the lawyers were taken into custody.
After the attorney’s arrests, demonstrators attempted to surround the group of police officers who were monitoring the protest and the cops responded.
After the altercation, four other people were arrested and taken to a nearby police station.
The demonstration was called to demand the release of Rafael Lusvarghi and Fabio Harano, who were arrested last week after participating in a protest against the large amounts of public money Brazil is spending to host the World Cup.
Participating in the event on Tuesday were representatives of the MTST Homeless Workers Movement, the Sao Paulo Metro workers union and human rights groups.