Brazilian protesters storm Congress building in Rio

Brazilian protesters descended on the National Congress building in the capital Rio de Janeiro last night although there were no reports of serious damage.

Photographs showed scores of protesters on the roof of the building at one stage and police had to use a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire on a window frame.

Police eventually managed to negotiate with protesters to leave the premises, it was reported.

A protester wades towards an open window in the National Congress building in Rio, Brazil
A protester wades towards an open window in the National Congress building in Rio, Brazil Credit: Reuters
Demonstrators stand in front of the building Credit: Reuters
Riot police guarding the National Congress building Credit: APTN

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