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By Helen Trouten Torres, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Saturday, June 4th, 439 firefighters were arrested by police during the climax of a series of tense demonstrations for improved salary and working conditions. Over 2,000 protesters including firefighters, lifeguards, their wives and children, stormed the Headquarters of the Central Fire Department on Friday night during the rally.

Forty members of the Military Police Elite Squad (BOPE) used plastic explosives and rifle shots to blast open the main gates. The . . .

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