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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A strike by bus drivers on Thursday (May 8) morning caught authorities and commuters by surprise, paralyzing public transportation in the city of Rio. Further small groups of protesters have blocked roadways in Zona Oeste (West Zone), and reports indicate the Metro (subway) has temporarily stopped selling tickets due to the complications.

Reports indicate a splinter group of the Sindicato dos Rodoviários (Union of the Roads) decided on the work stoppage for 24 hours after a protest last night and a quick meeting in front of the city of Rio . . .

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