The rising cost of public transit, which triggered massive protests last spring in Brazil, remains a sensitive issue in several large Brazilian cities. On October 25, a group of protesters — many of whom belonged to anarchist movements — assembled in Sao Paulo to call for free public transit. The protest degenerated and led to looting. Protesters clashed with public authorities and blocked traffic leading to the arrest of about 60 people.
Video filmed by Alex Demian.
This footage, which was shot during the clashes, shows protesters savagely beating a military police officer in uniform. The military police has stated that the officer’s gun and radio were stolen during the clashes. Ultimately, a plainclothes soldier rescued him by pointing his gun at the attackers.
The police officer was brought back to his car and was treated for a broken collarbone.