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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Tuesday (December 6th) afternoon, the normally busy streets of Rio’s commercial Centro neighborhood resembled a combat zone as tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, fire bombs, stones and other debris were launched through the streets as protestors battled with police outside of Rio de Janeiro's Legislative Assembly headquarters (Alerj).

The protesters, comprised of mostly of various civil workers, including military police officers, civilian police officers, prison officers, and firefighters, gathered in front of Alerj at the Palácio Tirandentes on Rua Primeiro de Março to voice their . . .

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