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Rio Olympics:35 protesters detained in Sao Paulo



Sao Paulo: Brazilian military police has detained at least 35 people in Sao Paulo protesting against the 2016 Olympic Games. On Friday, 100 protesters gathered at the Paulista Avenue (Avenida Paulista), the financial heart of the country. Clashes occurred as they proceeded towards the city center, reports Efe.

Anti-riot branch of the military police used tear gas to clear the Paulista Avenue. Police detained 35 demonstrators after they pelted stones at officers.

According to authorities, the demonstrators were not authorised to enter the city center as the protest organisers did not take due permission. The protest occurred almost simultaneously with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium, where a similar demonstration took place outside the stadium.