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Police Fight Police In Sao Paulo

Sky News [1]
Friday, Oct 17, 2008

Striking police detectives in Sao Paulo have been involved in violent clashes with state troopers during a protest march over police pay.

Brazilian television news showed a melee as hundreds of state police in riot gear tackled plainclothes police investigators.

It came after the protesters tried to break through a barrier protecting the state government palace.

Officers fired shots, tear gas and shock bombs.

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The Albert Einstein Hospital, located a few blocks from the government palace, said in a statement that it had treated 13 people who were injured in the clashes, none seriously.

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It did not say whether those injured were state police officers or detectives.

Brazilian states have two separate law enforcement groups – a uniformed police force in charge of maintaining public order, and the so-called civil police who are plainclothes investigators.

In some cities there are also municipal guards in charge of protecting public property.

Detectives in Sao Paulo state have been striking for a month to demand better pay.