BRAZILIANS TELL OBAMA: “GO HOME”
Posted by FactReal on March 19, 2011
|NO LOVE FOR OBAMA IN BRAZIL!
|Brazil police use tear gas to end anti-US protest
19 March 2011, AFP/Focus:
Rio De Janeiro. Police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to break up a demonstration outside the US consulate in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, as US President Barack Obama prepares to visit the country, AFP reports.
Some 300 people had gathered at the site when Brazilian Military Police showed up and tried to break up the demonstration.
Police cracked down on the crowd after protesters hurled a molotov cocktail at the consulate door, the O Globo newspaper reported on its website.
“I was in the center of the protest when people began to run and I heard shots,” said AFP photographer Vanderlei Almeida. “I had to get out of there because it was hard to breathe.”
Almeida was struck by two rubber bullets — one hit him in the leg, and the other in his stomach.
Several protesters were detained, Almeida said.
Obama arrives in Brazil on an official Saturday and will meet President Dilma Rousseff in the capital Brasilia.
On Sunday, he is scheduled to deliver a speech in Rio’s Municipal Theater after cancelling a public speech in the city’s town square.
Brazilian authorities have laid out a heavy security presence for Obama’s two-day visit to South America’s largest nation, and police in Rio had closed numerous streets from midnight Thursday in preparation.
Photos via: Folha.com, HotAirPundit:
Fora Obama! ("Obama Get Out") Brazilians protesting against Obama's visit to Rio de Janeiro