Just In: Violence erupts in Brazil after general strike

Just In: Violence erupts in Brazil after general strike

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Violence has erupted in Brazil at the end of the country’s first general strike in more than 20 years.

Buses and cars have been set on fire in Rio de Janeiro’s city centre. Road blocks set up by activists were also ablaze and shops were vandalised.

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For most of the day the strike had been largely peaceful. Many people stayed at home and shops, schools and banks remained closed across the country.

Unions called the strike in protest at proposed pension reforms.

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President Michel Temer said he regretted the incidents in Rio. But he stressed that he would continue his “efforts to modernise the country”.

Brazilian workers and the government are working together, he said, to get the country out of “the worst recession in its history.”

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