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Protesters against austerity clash with police in Rio

By on December 6, 2016

People gather during a protest against corruption on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Thousands of protesters are crowding Rio de Janeiro's beachfront to express disgust with public corruption and to support the judges and prosecutors pursuing those crimes. Protests are also under way Sunday in other Brazilian cities. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

People gather during a protest against corruption on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Thousands of protesters are crowding Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront to express disgust with public corruption and to support the judges and prosecutors pursuing those crimes. Protests are also under way Sunday in other Brazilian cities. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Police and protesters are clashing outside the state legislature in Rio de Janeiro during a demonstration against austerity measures being discussed in the chamber.

Military police say protesters threw homemade grenades and rockets toward the assembly. Local media say police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Images on TV showed protesters building a fire outside the legislature. At some points, rows of riot police could be seen moving in formation toward protesters. A photo on the G1 news portal showed some members of the assembly wearing surgical masks while they sat in the chamber.

The legislators were voting on measures to address the state’s deepening financial crisis, in which thousands of state employees and retirees have not been paid or have been paid months late.

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